Chandler Golfer with One Leg to Participate in Shot at Glory at WM Phoenix Open

Chandler Golfer with One Leg to Participate in Shot at Glory at WM Phoenix OpenStephen Fangio, a professional golfer, golf instructor and motivational speaker, will be one of the participants in this week’s TriWest Healthcare Alliance Shot at Glory on Wednesday, Feb. 2, during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Shot at Glory is a friendly competition featuring roughly 20 participants and will take place following the completion of the FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am at approximately 3:30 pm. The event is open to spectators – in fact Waste Management Phoenix Open fans are encouraged to stick around and cheer-on the participants.

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This year’s competition will pay tribute to Wounded Warriors, Operation Homefront, Semper Fi Fund and the Arizona National Guard Emergency Relief Fund, as a number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be participating in the competition along with Fangio.

The 52-year-old Fangio lost his left leg at the hip in a motorcycle accident at the age of 22, ending a promising career in professional soccer. He doesn’t use a prosthetic and he plays off of his right leg, using crutches to navigate the course. 

Texas Open ChipHis professional golf career began in 1997, and he has played in a number of qualifying events for the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour. His dream now is to qualify for the Champions Tour, a journey that will be followed by cameras for a new reality-based television series currently in production called “Improving Your Handicap”. 

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Tournament host The Thunderbirds will award more than $150,000 to the charities chosen by each competitor. Plus, if a participant makes a hole-in-one, $1 million will be given away ($500,000 to the competitor, $250,000 to the charity of their choice and $250,000 to a military related charity). If no one makes a hole-in-one, $60,000 will be donated to the charity of the participant who is closest-to-the-pin, while $35,000 and $20,000 will be donated to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, respectively. Each of the remaining participant’s charities will receive $1,500. Fangio will be playing for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Stephen Fangio’s story has been profiled in Golfer’s Guide, Golf Digest and The Arizona Republic and he has appeared in numerous Valley TV and radio shows. Most recently he finished his first instructional DVD titled “It’s Just Golf with Stephen Fangio”, the first in a series of instructional DVD’s that are geared toward teaching the fundamentals of golf to all of those frustrated and confused golfers playing the game. The first DVD includes techniques that have been developed to not only improve your golf game, but to make it enjoyable again, and includes lessons on relaxation, grip, foundation and the swing. For more information on Stephen Fangio or to purchase his instructional DVD, go to or find him on Facebook at


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