After graduating from Stanford with a degree in economics, Casey pursued his dream of playing golf professionally. However, he soon encountered a huge barrier. In the types of tournaments that Casey wanted to play, the PGA Tour would not allow him to use a cart.
"All I ever wanted was the chance to play and to see how good I could be," Casey says. "In order to do that, I needed one minor change in the rules."
The PGA Tour refused to change their rule, and Casey was compelled to go to court. Filing suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Casey argued that the PGA Tour is a "public accommodation" and should modify their policy to accommodate his disability. A federal trial court in Oregon agreed, and a federal appeals court in California affirmed the trial court's decision. The Department of Justice had filed a brief with the appeals court in support of Martin.
"Without the ADA I never would have been able to pursue my dream of playing golf professionally," Casey says.