During the Special Olympics golf season, Marc Acquaro of Bradenton tees it up every Friday afternoon with his buddies in the Manatee County Special Olympics golf program.
It gives him something to look forward to and a break from his part-time job at the Pet Super Market off Manatee Avenue.
Practice has paid dividends for the 46-year-old Bradenton resident.
In September, Marc won the 9-holes individual Special Olympics title for the state of Florida on the Magnolia Course at Disney World in Orlando.
Magnolia is the same course Tiger Woods has played many times from his days as a junior golfer and on the PGA Tour.
This is the third state gold medal Marc has won, although it is the first since he reached his 40’s and resumed his golf career.
He qualified for the state tournament by finishing second in the Area Tournament in Naples won by James Simpson, another Manatee County Special Olympian.
Ironically, the two friendly rivals flip-flopped their positions in Orlando. Marc finished first and James was second.
Marc is the son of Dr. Ron and Beverly Acquaro of Bradenton.

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