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by Floyd Patterson
Apr 30, 2014 | 765 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Playing golf for the middle school team has helped Trent Garrett, who has autism, develop his social skills.
Playing golf for the middle school team has helped Trent Garrett, who has autism, develop his social skills.
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Trent Garrett, a middle school golfer from Jones County, stood undistracted and focused on his swing and ball as he prepared to tee off in a golf match against First Presbyterian Day School.

He paused a second, looked around to survey his surroundings, then again focused on his ball and took a mighty swing, knocking a smooth, 200-yard drive straight down the fairway.

Any golfer can tell you that it is incredibly nerve-wracking standing over a golf ball when people are watching. Trent has the ability, however, to block it all out and simply focus on his swing, the ball and making solid contact.

Trent is not only a good golfer, but a good golfer with autism.

Trent, a seventh-grader at Clifton Ridge Middle School, has been on Jones County’s middle school golf team for two years, and each year he has improved. This year, he was the number two golfer on the team. He’s become one of the team’s most consistent golfers, regularly shooting in the high 80s.

His parents, Steven and Jennifer Garrett, say that Trent has come a long way in his short 14 years. He was almost 2 years old before he started walking and was 3 before he really started trying to talk. Trent was later diagnosed with autism around the age of 6.

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