Chris Biggins hopes to win medals in Paralympic medals in both skiing and golf some day.
Disabled golfer and standing Para Alpine skier Chris Biggins is working on his fears.
As a matter of fact, he works on separate fears in these sports.
“The fear in golf is a fear of messing up, making bogeys and bad shots,” he said. “The fear in skiing is actually hurting yourself and killing yourself.”
Biggins has been playing disabled golf since he was a kid. He attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and he has now worked his way up to ninth on the World Amateur Golf Ranking for golfers with a disability.
He has noticed the sport grow nationally and internationally, and, as such, the quality of play has risen.
“As that grows, my interest in the game has grown, and so many others, because we see how big disabled people golf can be,” he said.
With golf making its Olympic debut in 2016, Biggins said he hopes disabled golf lands a shot in the Paralympic Games one day. Golf was considered for the Paralympic Games Paris 2024, but was not chosen. Biggins said the sport may need to establish its own world cup system commonly used in elite international sports. Its ranking system only debuted last year.
“I think it’s time we get on the big stage and at least get a shot to show the big organizations that golf should be in the Paralympics or at least on the global stage,” Biggins, a PGA club professional, said. “It’s been a pretty cool thing to watch.”
Yet, at the same time, there is one element of golf he would prefer to change: It’s a little too calm for his preference.