Lack of sight not stopping Pearl City golferUPDATED 7:17 PM HST Aug 24, 2013Video Transcript
A Pearl City man isn't letting his lack of sight stop him from his love of the links. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto introduces us to Takeo Maruyama. 2:32 NATS - teeing off Takeo Maruyama has been playing golf since he was 14. 2:44 NATS hitting ball At 80 years old ... these days he scores in the high 90's. But really, the impressive part of his game is his handicap. 3:3:28 NATS hitting the ball You see, Takeo is legally blind. 22:08 I ALWAYS PUT TWO CIRCULAR MARKERS ON MY BALLS LIKE A CUE BALL. 22:13 22:19 LESSENS THE CHANCES OF HITTING THE WRONG BALL. 22:20 He started losing his eyesight in elementary school. And he was ready to give up golf completely until he was told about the Blind Golf Association by his eye doctor. 15:03 IT'S A DOUBLE WHAMMY. BECAUSE YOU'RE EYES ARE GETTING WORSE, BUT NOW YOU CAN QUALIFY FOR THE BLIND GOLFERS ASSOCIATION. 15:10 Takeo just returned from playing in the U-S Blind Golf Association's national championship in Oregon. Although he didn't win the 4- day competition... Just playing in the tournament is an achievement. Passion that impresses even the pros. 9:19 TO STILL LOVE IT THAT MUCH AND PRACTICE AND TRAVEL AND COMPETE IT'S PRETTY AWESOME. 9:24 Takeo can see the ball up close... But he can't see where it goes. He uses a coach to tell him where to hit and how far he is from the green. 13:03 SO THEY HAVE TO GUIDE ME LIKE HOW MANY TREES FROM THE RIGHT. Right now... He's the only blind golfer from Hawaii in the U-S Blind Golf Association. That he hopes will change. 15:59 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME OUT AGAIN BECAUSE THIS IS A NEW LIFE CAREER FOR YOU. 16:04 He hopes to also start a blind golf association program for kids. Takeo's eyesight is continuing to go. He knows eventually he'll lose his sight completely. But even then, he doesn't plan to give up golf. 16:46 AS LONG AS MY PHYSICAL BODY ALLOWS ME TO. 16:52 25:37 DUNK Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News. Takeo plans to compete in next year's Blind Golf tournament in Australia. He also loves karaoke and ball room dancing.