The Case Of A Golf With Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome

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Facts of the Case: A golfer with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome wanted to enter into a tournament and requested an accommodation to use a golf cart during the third round that was denied. Under Title III of the American with Disabilities Act, public businesses must provide accommodations and make modifications for people with disabilities, unless that accommodation would “fundamentally alter the nature” of the business. Casey Martin’s lawyers argued that, by Title III of the ADA, the Q-School golf tour competition cannot deny Martin equal access and must give him reasonable accommodations. They stated that golf courses are a public accommodation, and that the golf tour and qualifying rounds fall under Title III’s coverage. Using a golf …show more content…
Reasoning (rationale): The court mentioned that any member of the public is allowed to participating in the Q-school by paying 3,000 dollars and giving two letters of reference from other PGA Tour or Nike Tour members. This leads them to believe that the tour is a public accommodation, and therefore Martin should be able to use a golf cart during the third round. They also mentioned that there are three rules during competition in tour events. These rules surround how the game is played and do not mention the prohibition of golf carts at any point. Other rules mention a “hard card” that does not make players walk the golf course during the qualifying rounds, only during tournaments. Martin has Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome. This disease causes severe pain and atrophied his right leg. While in college, the syndrome progressed to the point where Martin could not walk an 18-hole golf course anymore. This was not only due to pain, but also because Martin may hemorrhage, develop blood clots, or fracture his tibia to the point where amputation may be needed if he walks. This information shows that the fatigue he suffers daily from is much more than other competitors in the competition. Not only this, but that even without a disability, it cannot be proven that all competitors play under the exact same conditions. Wind, or a lucky bounce could change the game for different

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