Come June 11, 2018, blind U.S. Army veteran Vito DeSantis knows where he will be: joining other area golfers, including those with visual impairments, playing in the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club, 114 Pennington Hopewell Rd., Hopewell. Registration for the charity event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Cost of $150 per golfer or $580 per foursome includes fees, cart, lunch, dinner, contests, prizes and more.
Supporting the services of the Talking Book & Braille Center is important to DeSantis. “Reading literature is important if someone is to be a full partner in our society,” he said. “The Talking Book & Braille Center is one more outlet for our print disabled citizens – providing information to them. This access to information is important. A friend of mine, David Denotaris, put it quite succinctly: ‘Access equals success.’ That’s why I will be out on the golf course June 11, raising money and awareness.”
For more information on playing or sponsorship opportunities, call 1-800-792-8322, ext. 835 or go to: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/NewJerseyStateLibrary/golf.html. Proceeds benefit the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, the state’s only free public library for print disabled (anyone who has a physical impairment, a reading disability or a visual impairment).
The 90 year old Hopewell Valley Golf facility is located on the banks of the Stony Brook in Hopewell Township. The championship course was designed by Thomas Winton, noted Scottish golf architect, in 1927 as a private and secluded golf sanctuary. The Scottish heritage and design style of Winton is visible throughout the course. The number 13-hole is the Club’s signature hole: it is a par three with 150 yards separating tee to green with only water in between. It is a definite make or break hole. Some updates to the course were made by golf architect Robert Trent Jones.