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Local student chosen for Shriners Golf Tournament – Harlan Enterprise

Local student chosen for Shriners Golf Tournament

Posted at 10:03 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022

A Harlan County High School student recently participated in the Shriners Open golf tournament in Los Vegas after several years of recovery at the Shriners Hospital after being hit by a vehicle when he was 11 years old.

Carter Lasley opened up about the events leading up to his participation in the tournament as flag bearer in a recent interview.

“It all started in 2016 when I was hit by a car when I was 11 years old,” Lasley said. “I was transferred to a hospital in the UK”

Lasley explained that he then began going to the Shriners Hospital for surgeries to treat his injuries.

“It was orthopedics who made that decision, my doctor worked in the UK and at the Shriners Hospital,” Lasley said. “Fast forward to this year, and I was released from Shriners Hospital.”

Lasley explained that his doctor, Dr Vishwas Talwalkar, nominated him to participate in the charity golf event.

“A few months after my release, Mom got a call that my doctor had named me flag bearer at the Shriners Open in Los Vegas,” Lasley said. “It was also an opportunity to raise funds.

According to Lasley, a standard bearer is assigned to three professional golfers for the event.

“You’re holding the sign that shows the golfers score,” Lasley said.

Lasley said the experience was positive.

“I really enjoyed it,” Lasley said. “It was a once in a lifetime experience and a great opportunity. The trip started on a Thursday. We flew in and met the other kids at the hotel. Friday is when they took us to the golf course.

Lasley mentioned that the group had been given instructions on how to perform the job of stawearers on the golf course before the event.

“Afterwards, we were taken to adaptive golf where USAGA golfers let us learn how to putt and just the fundamentals of golf as a whole,” Lasley said. “Saturday was the big day we held the event.”

Lasley said the event covered 18 holes, with a break on the 9th hole.

“We did the exact same thing on Sunday, then Monday we went home,” Lasley said.

Lasley noted that he learned a lot about sports.

“It’s an interesting sport,” Lasley said. “By watching golfers, I started to understand the fundamentals and the rules a little better.”

According to Lasley, the most impactful part of the experience was meeting the other participants who came from different parts of the world.

“Some were from Louisiana, some from Chicago, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, everywhere,” Lasley said. “They have different lifestyles, and they were excited to share their experience and be part of this great opportunity.”

Lasley pointed out that he raised just over $5,100 for the Shriners Hospital through his event registration page.

“Overall, the kids won about $170,000,” Lasley said. “A kid raised over $50,000.”

Lasley mentioned his appreciation for the Shriners.

“I absolutely appreciate the Shriners for giving me this opportunity, as well as Dr. Talwalkar,” Lasley said. “It was a complete honor to be part of this opportunity.”

Lasley’s mother, Stephanie Lasley, expressed her thoughts on her son’s participation.

“We’re super proud of what he’s been through so far. It’s a miracle,” she said. “The doctors took care of him, and that’s why he’s here today. We are very grateful for this opportunity. It really meant a lot to us.