The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 15, 2014

AT RANDOM: Swanson lands golf coach position


Waking up from the coma, he had to learn to do practically everything over again. He had to relearn to walk, to talk and even how to go to the bathroom.

However, Tyler is not angry about what happened to him, saying that anger only inhibits rehabilitation. As the person driving the car, he said he really has no one to blame. Instead, he said the experience has brought him closer to God.

While his injuries have prevented him from pursuing his dreams of playing professionally, he does not think that will always be the case. Ten years after the accident, he has slowly made progress with his condition and is better than he used to be.

“It didn’t put an end, it just put a delay to it (his professional plans),” Tyler said.

Through everything he has experienced, Tyler’s love of golf has remained. For several years, he has offered private lessons.

“But it sounds like I’ll soon be giving lessons to high schoolers that are on my team,” Tyler said.

Tyler will hold his first high school golf practice sometime in mid-August. He is looking forward to teaching the athletes before they develop bad habits and help them establish a good mental outlook.

“Golf is 90 percent mental and you have to think your way around the golf course to achieve the best results,” Tyler said.

He hopes the students will be excited to work with him and eager to play.

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