Smiles, Laughs a Constant at Strano’s Golf Clinic for FSDB Students

Students from the Deaf Middle School pose for a photo with Rob Strano on the golf course.

It was quiet on Dye’s Valley Course on Tuesday morning, with the exception of a few occasional laughs and plenty of smiles.

It’s the smiles across different faces that make every year during Players Championship week one of Rob Strano’s most memorable of the year.

One of the recurring events during The Players occurs just beyond the driving range at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course.

Students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind make the trip annually to the Players and get one of the athletic treats of their year — a couple hours on Dye’s Valley Course with a lesson from Strano.

Why is the morning always so memorable?

“The smile’s the best part. The smiles are the reward for me,” Strano said.

For the past 17 years, Strano has conducted a clinic for a small FSDB contingent where they learn as much as they can about golf. It is done by Strano alone, with some peripheral help from Players volunteers.

And it’s done completely in American Sign Language.

Rob Strano demonstrating how to hold a golf club with a student.

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Strano’s story is well known among the PGA Tour and to those who cover The Players annually. His event is often low-key and tucked away from the busier Stadium Course, but it makes the same impact year after year. The faces are the only thing that change.

“I never played golf before, this is my first time playing golf,” said FSDB student Lesean Nagle. “Probably I’ll do golf again in the future, but I don’t know when.”

A former golfer who won five times over three tours, Strano segued into teaching as his playing career wound down.

Students pose for photo with the 18th hole of TPC behind them.

In 2003, Strano said th