Sandy Halkett is passionate about making sports playable for all. Sandy is a LPGA Class A Professional, certified Adaptive Golf Instructor and partners with Roger C. Peace, providing instruction for anyone with a disability. Since 2000, Sandy has served as the head coach of the Greenville Special Olympics Golf Team. Today, Sandy competes regularly in Pickleball tournaments and eagerly shares playing tips with Upstate Pickleball players.
Sandy began Adaptive Pickleball in 2020 to enhance the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities. The program teaches people of all ages and life challenges how to play Pickleball to improve their physical fitness, make new friends and experience the thrills of competition.
Sandy is married to Scotty Halkett, the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at USC Upstate. They have 3 children, 3 cats, 1 dog and a turtle. Besides playing golf, she loves spending time with family, fishing and of course, playing Pickleball.
My Dad. My Coach. My Hero.
My dad was my first adaptive student in 2003. He taught me how to play golf and as a coach, he taught me how to have compassion, patience and be forever encouraging. After his stroke, our roles reversed and I was the one teaching and encouraging him. But he always remained my dad, my coach, my hero. What my dad didn’t realize at that time was he was still teaching and coaching me after his stroke. My passion to make sports playable for all started with my dad and continues today.