Kenny Merritt of Berea returns as the Team Kentucky golf coach, a position he held at the 2010 Games as well. His 2010 golfers posted a Gold Medal finish in individual stroke play and a Silver in unified team play. Merritt has been a Special Olympics volunteer, official and fundraiser for more than 20 years, filling key role at a number of state events each year. He works at Toyota Motor Manufacturing.
Eric Duncanson, 40, of Bardstown qualified for selection to Team Kentucky after winning his first individual stroke play Special Olympics Gold Medal ever at the Special Olympics Kentucky State Golf Tournament held Aug. 11, at Lindsey Golf Course on Fort Knox. This will be his first time competing at the National or World Games level. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years and has been golfing for 13. In addition to golf, Duncanson has played softball in the Special Olympics program. He works at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.
What are your biggest accomplishments?: Nine consecutive regional golf titles, 8 second place finishes at the Kentucky State Tournament, 2012 Kentucky State Champion.
|Tee Salinas, 18, and his father and Unified Partner Tony Salinas of Prospect will compete in golf at the Games. The pair will take part in the 18-hole alternate shot event. Tee has been a Special Olympics athlete for 10 years and has competed in golf for eight of them. He also competes in basketball, bowling and track and field. Tee is a senior at North Oldham High School where he is the manager for the boys basketball team. Tony is the President of Kentucky Enviro Oil Solutions.