Knicely Done: Brent's Golden Performance
Brent Apo-Hruska first started playing golf at age 8 and he found the perfect outlet for competition through the Special Olympics.
He's now 29 and he teams up with the perfect unified partner, his Dad Johnny Moen.
"I'm super lucky to have Brent as a partner," said Johnny in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "We have a lot of memories playing in several national invitationals, Arizona, Hilton Head, and Seattle."
Just over a month ago Brent and Johnny were on the world stage teeing it up in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dahbi.
"It was a four day tournament," said Johnny. "They treated us like pros with tee box introductions, a four star hotel and we played a course that is rated among the top sixty in the world."
When it was all over, Brent and Johnny found themselves standing on top of the medal stand with gold around their necks.
"It was good times over there in Abu Dahbi for the closing ceremonies," said Brent. "I was glad to win the gold medal at the world games."
For most of the tournament Brent and his Dad were behind and with only two holes go in the final round they trailed the leading team from India by three strokes. The format was alternate shot so each teammate took turns hitting the ball every other time all the way around the course.
"Brent got up on there on the 17th, a par three," said Johnny. "It was his tee shot and he knocked it about four feet from the hole and I made the putt for a birdie. So it was like a four or five shots swing just on that hole."
That late rally to take the lead held up and the father/son team from Bellevue won the gold medal.
Asked about his favorite part of the game Brent was quick to answer, "Driving the ball 280 yards." He clearly enjoys the challenge.
"We've been through quite a bit of therapy and counseling with Brent," said Johnny. "Nothing has really been as good for him as Special Olympics."
Brent's mom Diane, who also plays golf said, "It's been what, almost a month and we've been just busy getting all this attention. But you know everyone out there, you can do it too! We're here to help you."
Our visit that took place at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn ended with Brent tagging another tee shot right down the middle. Asked if it was a good one the World Champ said, "Yep!"