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Man becomes one of nation’s top visually impaired golfers

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Harry Hester, 59, isn't like most competitive golfers. But he plays like one.

"I love the competition," said Hester.

"When he's settled and hitting the ball smoothly. He's real good," said Rob Burneson, Hester's caddy.

Hester says he started losing his vision 30 years ago.

"It was a slow progression. Crossed the line where I was legally blind about nine years ago," said Hester.

Now, he says he cannot see things like a flag or a ball, which is where his caddy comes in.

"It means a lot. You really feel like you're part of a team. I do help him read the greens. Tell him where the pin is on the green if that's not already marked," said Burneson.

Hester, who's best round in competition is pretty impressive at 80, has become one of the nation's top visually impaired golfers. He's also qualified to play at the United States Blind Golf Association National Championship for the sixth time.

"With the organization, you can play regional, national, and international tournaments. And it's opened doors for that and has really helped turn a negative of losing your vision into a positive," said Hester. "It's been tough, but it's been fun. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

"He puts a lot of it together. When it's in competition and it's on the line. It really comes together in a really neat way," said Burneson.

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