Lance's Journal: Amputee Golfing, Aug. 31

There's a saying that goes, "It's not so much what happens to you in life, but how you react to it." And we could all learn a little something about bouncing back from this man in Cairo, Nebraska.

Troy Callahan knows what it's like to face adversity. In 1996, he lost an arm and a leg in a farming accident. Needless to say, it was a very difficult time in his life. But fortunately, Troy was blessed with a very positive attitude. And it's that attitude that has allowed him face his new challenges head on.

From the moment Grand Island's Ed O'Boyle met Troy, he knew this guy was special, "I was absolutely amazed at first of all his personality and how positive he was about everything and second of all how well he played." Especially for a guy who never golfed before his accident.

Troy says his accident took place in April of 1996. He was on an old tractor loading feed for cattle, "I was going up to the pile to knock some loose and when I went to go stab the pile my foot slipped off the clutch and the tractor just started climbing up the pile and tipped over backwards on me."

Troy would lose his left arm and right leg...but not his spirit, "I can do anything and everything I want to. It hasn't really stopped me."

This 38-year-old Wood River native is the founder of the Nebraska Amputee Golf Association and he's already looking forward to next summer. Each year the Nebraska Amputee Open is held in Lincoln on the second weekend in June and the money raised from the golf tournament goes to amputees and their families all around the state for college scholarships. For more information go to

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