William Mathis lives in Colorado Springs, CO where I enjoy outdoor activities with my wife of 17 years Mallory, our 2 children Allen and Sora. William is a US Army Veteran who served 1 tour in Iraq, 8 tours at the National Training Center. During his time on active duty with the US Army he served in several fields of service. He has done over 100 fueling/refueling operations, troop transport and over 150 re-arming missions as well as providing briefings for ongoing missions regarding Military Intelligence. Shortly after returning to the USA, he started noticing that his vision was fading. This was due to his time in combat theater, exposure to unknown elements and open-angle glaucoma.
His family was hit hard by him losing his vision. He was the primary care taker in the family. Now he needed a caretaker. At first he didn’t know what I could do I had to learn how to do everything with out seeing it. This he will admit was hard and he wanted to give up.
After a few years of restricted life without vision, and a lot of support from family and peers. William came to a realization that he wasn’t alone. There was more out there and other people that were just like me were pushing through life despite others telling us we couldn’t.
I joined the United States Blind Golfers Association in 2020 to get the chance to play golf with other people with similar disabilities, and build my golf family. Since joint the USBGA I have competed in over 50 tournaments to include the IBGA World Championships in Africa. At the 77th National Championships USBGA annual General membership meeting I was elected to represent B2 division.