Last week the 2014 Special Olympics USA games were held in New Jersey from June 14th-21st. The Community College of Rhode Island’s Chris Lussier (Cranston, RI) represented Team Rhode Island in the Golf Level 3 Unified Team Tournament event as the athlete along with partner Bob Paquette of West Greenwich, RI at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor Township, NJ. In the Unified Tournament format the athletes tee-off on the odd numbered holes and the partners on the even numbered holes and they alternate shots until they finish each hole. Lussier had additional support from his father, Alan Lussier, who served as the as the Golf Coach for Team Rhode Island. By the end of the three-day event it was the team of Lussier and Paquette who took home Unified Team Gold!
On the first day Lussier and Paquette shot a 93, which was their highest score of the tournament. The duo combined for their best score on the second day shooting an excellent 86. They finished the three-day tournament with another very good score of 89 to win the alternating shot tournament handily with a three-day total of 268. It was a great tournament for Team Rhode Island as they won by 20 strokes over the Team Alabama duo of Scott Lewis and Patrick Lewis who also played very well to shoot a three-day total of 288.
Casie Rhodes the Head of the Rhode Island Special Olympics Delegation and Rhode Island Special Olympics Director of Sports Training commented on Lussier: "Chris really grew as a player at the 2014 USA Games, he usually plays with his father Alan as his partner, but this time Alan served as Coach and Chris played very well with Bob (Paquette) and they won by a large margin."
The Special Olympics 2014 Games Gold caps a tremendous year for Lussier. He helped CCRI in the Region XXI Golf Championship. From there he went on to represent CCRI by participating in the 2014 NJCAA Division III Golf National Championships in Chautauqua, NY. Chris then finished with a flourish by winning a Gold Medal at the USA Games representing his home state of Rhode Island. 2014 will definitely be a season to remember for Chris Lussier.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.