LifeLinks began with eighteen clients from The Arc of the East Bay’s San Leandro Alternative Ventures program.
Each participant received weekly golf lessons at Monarch Bay Golf Course in San Leandro, California. Five coaches, with help from the professional golf staff at Monarch Bay, provided lessons involving all facets of the game; long game, short game, putting. Coaches also concentrated on teaching the time-honored values of the game.
The program culminated with a 9-hole scramble pairing a developmentally disabled golfer with a coach (additional coaches were recruited for the event) in a competition held at the executive course at Monarch Bay in April of 2013. The tournament was repeated in 2014 with KPIX News Anchor, Ken Bastida, being paired with a LifeLinks participant.