NC Now | Jason Faircloth – A Golfing Statement | UNC-TV

NC Now | Jason Faircloth – A Golfing Statement | UNC-TV


Kelly McCullen: Golf might be a hobby for
most golfers but it’s giving Jason Faircloth his first big chance to make a really big
point. (Natural Sound of Golf Playing) Kelly Mc: What are you trying to say? Jason Faircloth: {chokes w/ emotion) Kelly Mc: Jason has cerebral palsy and a chip
on his shoulder that people see him as disabled. That’s hardly the case. (Natural Sound of Jason Playing Golf) Hicks Faircloth/Jason’s Father: He found something
that he could do himself and it was great for him and also feel it was good for the
game because it showed that someone with his physical handicap do something and do it on
his own. Kelly Mc: Jason believes too many people get
fooled by his walk and his talk. (Natural Sound – Jason’s Golf Swing) Kelly Mc: They’re made Believers by that golf
swing. Jason Faircloth – Some people think they’re
better than me. It’s just that simple but, in the back of their mind, they know that
I’m pretty good. Kelly Mc: And this how you shut them up, with
the golf game. Jason Faircloth: With the golf game, yeah. (Natural Sound: Golf Playing) Kelly Mc: He’s dreamed bringing aware of the
potential held by the so-called “disabled.” He’s emailed and written groups and people,
offering ideas for programs. And to a letter and e-mail, he was dismissed, ignored and
declined. Jason Faircloth –It’s been kind of tough
the past couple of years, I mean, I’m not going to lie to you but, I mean, it is what
it is. I mean, it is what it is. I just go on and do what I can do. Whatever everybody
else thinks, just let them think. Kelly Mc: But, Jason learned about the Disabled
British Open. It’s a three-year-old golf tournament that’s never had an American golfer participate.
Jason sent one more email. Hicks Faircloth – Email – We started emailing
and I got one back and the next thing I know, I got an invitation and I said I’d go. Then,
the next thing I knew, he had sent in an entrance form and that’s where we started it. Kelly Mc: Jason will tee up against other
golfers with various physical challenges. He’s traveling to England to win, nothing
less. His friends say that’s just Jason being Jason. Jeffery Spell/Jason’s Friend: Sometimes, I
think people don’t realize things that he has to do to make things happen. His golf
game, he has to work a lot harder at it than most people do. A lot of people want to be
good, but they won’t practice. They don’t take the time to do it. Jason gets extra time.
He practices. (Nat Sound of Jason Playing Golf) Carl Thurber – Seemed – Seems like he
just grew up that way, very competitive, good sense of humor. Just forever. 

Kelly McCullen: What’s your strength and what’s your weakness? Jason Faircloth: My weakness is going to be
my distance. Kelly Mc: You hit it straight, you just don’t
hit it far. Jason Faircloth: I don’t hit it far and I’ve
always said that if I’m going to win this tournament, I’ve GOT to hit it solid. I’ve
got to hit everything solid and I’ve got to putt good. (Natural Sound of Golf Playing) Jeffery Spell – One thing he never does is
quit. I’ve always loved him for that. He’ll try until the end. Sometimes, he’s a little
too hard on himself but he strives to get better at everything he does. Kelly Mc: Jason hopes this spotlight gives
him credibility to launch disabled golfing events in North Carolina. He’s playing to
win and to earn some respect for so-called disabled golfers with no event to call their
own. Jason Faircloth – Never Lose – That has
been my mindset throughout. I’ve had this mindset since I was born. Kelly Mc: Never lose. Jason Faircloth: Never lose. Kelly Mc: Good luck to you, Brother. We’ll
be tuning in.

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