Ryder Barr's NAOAGA Page

by Ryder Barr




My name is Ryder Barr and I'm a freshman at Prosper High School in Prosper, TX. I was introduced to golf around the age of six, as a two-handed player. Just a few months later, I caught a cold that changed my life forever. It mutated inside my body and attacked my spinal cord, turning off the signal from my brain to my right arm overnight. I also began to lose control of my left shoulder, core, and hips but by the grace of God, doctors were able to stop the progress of a condition later named Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Everything recovered except my right arm.

Despite the challenge of only having one functional arm, I've never let it slow me down. Over the years I've played soccer, basketball, pickleball, and flag football. I ran track and threw discus in middle school, and have completed more than 20 Spartan Kids races and one adult Spartan. I started getting more serious about golf in 7th grade, and really enjoy playing on my high school team. 

Recently, I had the privilege of competing in my first NAOAGA tournament in Florida where I earned 1st place for boys in my age group and 2nd place overall. It was the first time I'd ever played with other golfers like me, and was an experience I'll never forget. 

NAOAGA promotes the game of golf to players who must play one-armed for the purpose of competition, recreation, and physical & emotional rehabilitation. I would appreciate any donation you're willing to share so that I can help this great organization continue their mission and reach other one-armed players.