Casey Martin named Oregon's golf coach

May 9, 2006 at 9:12 PM
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EUGENE, Ore., May 9 (UPI) -- Casey Martin, known for his fight to use a golf cart on the PGA Tour, Tuesday was named the University of Oregon's head men's golf coach.

Martin not only brings collegiate dominance and professional experience with him to the post, but also a story of perseverance and determination that eventually led to a highly publicized legal battle with the PGA Tour.

The Stanford product suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a congenital circulatory disorder.

Fighting for the right to use a cart on the tour, Martin, 33, ended up winning the case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Martin was a second-team All-American in 1994 and played on Stanford's 1994 NCAA national championship team.

Martin won the 1998 Lakeland Classic on what was formerly called the Nike Tour. His best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for 17th at the Tucson Open, and he qualified for the 1998 U.S. Open.

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