May 20, 2013 12:39 PM by Samantha Ptashkin
GREEN VALLEY - On a blustery day at Haven Golf Course, you would think the wind would be Dick Pomo's biggest challenge.
But to the 71-year-old lifelong golfer, a little breeze isn't a big deal.
Dick was born legally blind. Eleven years ago, he lost his vision all together. "It's not really black, it's just kind of gray," Dick says.
Sight or no sight, Dick won't give up his passion for the game. "There is a saying blindness is not darkness."
He heads to the course about once a week, accompanied by his guide dog Tanya and one dedicated wife. "On the golf course I'm his eyes," Sharon Pomo says.
Sharon Pomo never did care much for golf, but Dick considers her to be his coach. "I tell him what is in front of us when we're lining up to hit the ball and I let him know if there's water," Sharon says. "If there is water, I tell him how far it is and if it's to the left or to the right."
She is one of a few patient people who help Dick golf and he is grateful. "There's that old saying, 'it takes a village to raise a child'," Dick says. "Here it takes six guys to raise an idiot, but they haven't given up yet."
It's hard work that pays off.
For the 11th year in a row, Dick will be one of 14 top golfers from across the country competing for the Corcoran Cup, also known as "The Masters" of blind golf. "In some ways losing my sight has made me a better golfer," Dick says.
The tournament will be held June 11 in Mount Kisco, NY. It raises money for a non-profit called "Guiding Eyes for the Blind". It's a guide dog school founded in 1954 and it has grown to be one of the best guide dog schools in the world.
Dick received his dog Tanya through "Guiding Eyes for the Blind".
For more information, head to www.guiding-eyes.org/