Fulop takes silver
2014 Special Olympics USA Games
LAVALLETTE — Lavallette resident Lindsay Fulop, 36, has spent over 25 years competing in the Special Olympics and placed second in golf at the recent Special Olympic USA games, which were held at Mercer Oaks Golf Course in Princeton Junction.
She finished second in the F1 division of level four individual stroke play, which consists of a 9-hole stipulated round. It is a 27-hole tournament.
“We had a great time and that is what is most important,” said Lindsay’s father Ron, who was also her caddy throughout the games.
During the USA games, 3,500 athletes come from around the country to compete in one of 16 sports. According to organizers, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and over 70,000 spectators attended the games this year.
The premise of the Special Olympics is making sure athletes of all abilities are able to compete. The Special Olympics categorize athletes by skills levels, leading to many medals being won throughout the course of the games.
Fulop practiced at many tough golf courses. In the local area, she practiced at Pine Barrens Golf Club, Jackson, and the Toms River Country Club. She also practiced at a local golf course in Jupiter, Florida, where the family has a second residence.
Fulop has won hundreds of Olympic medals and, in 2009, was inducted in the organization’s Hall of Fame. In addition, in 1995 she was honored as the Special Olympian of the Year. Also in her time, she traveled to Shanghai, China, to compete in the Special Olympics World Games. There, she took home one gold and two bronze medals in aquatics in 2007.
In her time participating in the Special Olympics, Fulop has trained and competed in bowling, golf, swimming, softball, bocce, track and basketball. In addition, she recently picked up the sport of standup paddleboarding.
She made it to nationals based on a lottery system of first-place finishers. The hosting of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games was a statewide effort with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority signing on as a Founding Partner of the Games. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been a supporter from the initial announcement of the event in 2011, and served as the Games Honorary Chair.