Special Olympics Oregon golfer Tim Fredericks has been golf partners with his nephew Steve Rist for the past six years – ever since he “fired” his dad (Steve’s grandfather). “I fired Gramps,” Tim said. “”Gramps put Tim in the sandtrap, and that was it,” his nephew explained.
Tim’s competitive spirit showed on the golf course as he and his 22-year-old nephew alternated shots as Unified Partners for the nine-hole portion of the golf tournament at the 2012 Summer State Games in Newberg. The twosome scored the lowest among their group of six that took on the challenging Chehalem Glenn Golf Course on Sunday.
Tim and Steve have been practicing several times a week at their home course, Trysting Tree in Corvallis. “He doesn’t let me not practice,” Steve said. “He called me every two or three days to practice, and I picked him up after he got off work.”
Throughout the tournament, Steve acted as Tim’s caddy, selecting his clubs and wiping them clean, and he often gave Tim tips and encouragement, including an occasional fist bump. “Tim’s a better putter than I am,” Steve said of his uncle, who has been golfing for 15 years.
This was their sixth time golfing as partners at the Summer State Games, and their second Special Olympics Oregon tournament this year (including Regionals). “I love doing it,” Tim said with a smile. “We’d like to play in Worlds.”