Case Study : A Golf With An Degenerative Disease

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Chase J Budurka
Liberty University, BUSI301
Professor: Chad Shimel

Summary of the Case

Casey Martin, a professional golfer with an degenerative disease, Klippel-Trenauanay-Weber Syndrome, sued the PGA Tour over the right to use a golf cart in competitions to accommodate his impairment and allow him to compete. The Court of Appeals determined that permitting Martin to use a golf cart in PGA competition would not fundamentally alter the nature of his game during those tournaments, beyond the existing fatigue caused by his degenerative disease. (Rose)

Case Basics:

Docket No.: 00-24
Petitioner: PGA Tour
Respondent: Martin
Decided By: Rehnquist Court (1994-2005)
Opinion: 532 U.S. 661 (2001)
Argued: Wednesday, January 17, 2001
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While I was too young to recount this lawsuit, I have thoroughly enjoyed researching it and learning more about what it involved. It has certainly been eye-opening to me and got me thinking more about the way we still are affected by discrimination in todays day and age.

PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin came to light when a professional golfer, Casey Martin, with a degenerative disease wanted to use a golf cart during a PGA Tour competition. Without any question of a doubt, the PGA Tour denied Martin’s request. In short, The Supreme Court ruled that under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Martin could use a golf cart during competition as it would not affect him more that the degenerative disease already has. This would not provide an unfair advantage to Martin.

As detailed in the summary, Casey Martin suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a rare congenital (present at birth) disorder, it is the most common condition involving combined vascular malformations. (Cincinnati Childrens,
Due to this disease, it makes it difficult to walk without pain, fatigue and anxiety. In addition to that, walking can also cause a greater risk of blood clots, hemorrhaging or worst case scenario fracturing a bone. I feel very confident that this case represented a clear disability as defined in ADA. and was the reason his disease wasn 't
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