Kenny Bontz of Jumping Brook is the type of golfer who lets nothing stop him, not even the fact that he is an amputee golfer who lost his left leg due to a rare type of cancer.
But 2014 was his year and 2015 might even be better.
This past October, Bontz accomplished a long-time goal of winning the National Amputee Championship – by five shots. Previous to that, he captained a U.S. Team that traveled to Japan for the inaugural World Disabled Golf Championships.
Earlier in 2014, Bontz finished third at the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf in South Africa. He said he was at par or below about 20 times last golf season.
While doing all of this, Bontz, 45, managed to get his handicap down to a plus-one. He has won three club championships at Jumping Brook.
“I had a pretty good year,” laughed Bontz, who will be testing himself in four NJSGA Championships – the 57th Pre-Senior at Hawk Pointe, May 6-7; the 114th Amateur at Morris County, June 2-4, the 95th Open, at Rockaway River, July 14-16, and the 32nd Mid-Amateur at Arcola, Sept. 8-10.
His best finish in a state event came in 2010 when he qualified for the Mid-Amateur to reach the Round of 16. His goals now are to at least make the cut at all State events in which he participates.