2022 Team Kentucky Golf

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Nick McKenzie
Nick McKenzie, Coach
McKenzie will be making his first trip to the USA Games, serving as the Team Kentucky golf coach. McKenzie now serves as the Special Olympics Kentucky Program Manager for individual sports, organizing the Special Olympics Kentucky bocce, equestrian, gymnastics and swimming programs in addition to golf. He got his start with Special Olympics as an intern while he was a student at Morehead State University.
Bryan Cheely
Bryan Cheely
Kevin Cheely
Kevin Cheely, Unified Partner
Wake Mullins
Wake Mullins
Dennis Gaines
Dennis Gaines, Unified Partner
Bryan Cheely and his brother and Unified partner Kevin, both of Glasgow will compete in the nine-hole, alternate shot Unified golf event. While this will be their first time competing in the USA Games, the pair did compete at the 2019 Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournament in Nashville.
Bryan, 33, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 18 years competing in basketball, bowling, softball and track and field in addition to golf.

Kevin, 30, has been involved with Special Olympics for 8 years, competing as a Unified partner in golf and bowling and has also coached basketball.

Kevin, 30, has been involved with Special Olympics for 8 years, competing as a Unified partner in golf and bowling and has also coached basketball.

Mullins and Gaines will be competing together for the second consecutive USA Games. They claimed a bronze medal in the 18-hole Unified alternate shot competition at the 2018 Games in Seattle. They will compete in that same event this year. The pair were featured during the closing ceremonies at those Games, appearing on stage with then-ESPN personality Kenny Mayne

Mullins, 25, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years and has been playing golf for all 14. He has also competed in basketball, softball, flag football, soccer, track and field and bocce. He is a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington, where he served as the school’s basketball manager for four years. He also played for the school’s golf team for two years. Before graduation, he was added to the school’s Athletics Wall of Fame.

Gaines is Mullins’ stepfather in addition to being his Unified partner. He gained fame at the 2018 Games when he recorded the first hole in one of his golf career during the second round. Gaines has been a Unified partner in Special Olympics for 13 years. He also serves as a Special Olympics coach, coaching flag football, softball and basketball in the Fayette County Special Olympics program. Gaines is retired from Special Olympics sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown and works now as a consultant.