American Blind Golf

A Non-Profit 501 C3 Golfing Organization

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"Motivate, Inspire & Serve!"

Page posted Friday, November 10, 2017

Quick Links for Members & Prospective Members

 

2018 ABG Application & Player Card Renewal

 

Tournament Applications for 2018

October in Texas

2018 ABG National Championship (Word)

2018 ABG National Championship (PDF)

 

June in Ohio

2018 Match Play Championship (Word)

2018 Match Play Championship (PDF)

 

 

2017 National Championship Results

ABG Introduction & Demonstration Video 

 

Links of Interest

 

Mission Statement

About ABG

ABG Code of Conduct

Become a Member

Initial Press Release

USABA Partnership

Ohio Blind Golf

ABG Facebook Page

ABG Ohio Facebook Page

ABG Twitter Page

ABG YouTube Channel

ABG Newsletters

Sight Categories

USGA Rules Modification

ABG Sponsors

Tournament Summeries


2018 Tournament Applications

June in Ohio

Match Play Championship (Word)

Match Play Championship (PDF)

October in Texas

ABG National Championship (Word)

ABG National Championship (PDF)


Our Mission Statement

Through our unique talents as blind/visually impaired golfers, ABG Players strive to "Motivate, Inspire & Serve" All those who deal with the loss of sight

Welcome

If you have lost all or part of your sight and love the great game of golf, you are in the right place!  As you explore the various pages of our website, we hope you will learn about the sport of Blind Golf and how it is played.  The pages have been constructed through the use of assistive technology which enables those using screen-readers and screen magnification easy access.  Please do not hesitate to contact ABG should you have any comments or concerns.


Who We Are

American Blind Golf (ABG) is a national 501 C3 non-profit golfing organization that promotes the game of golf for blind & visually impaired persons.  American Blind Golf was founded on the principle of providing golfing opportunities while partnering with organizations that support local and national blind charitable endeavors.


ABG Code of Conduct  

Players and their coaches are to observe proper golf etiquette at all times.  Any abuse or disrespect of the American Blind Golf Association, fellow competitors, officials, spectators, employees of the host facility, or other persons conducting or attending an ABG sponsored event can be grounds for disqualification from the event, and possible rejection of entry for future ABG events.  Such abuse may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes, but is not limited to:  the use of obscene language, physical damage to property or equipment of the ABG or the host facility, and being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. during a competitive round.  

 

 

Initial Press Release

by Richard Oliver San Antonio Express

Published Fall 2009

San Antonio blind-golf champion Bruce Hooper, who last fall captured the U.S. championship at Brackenridge Golf Course, is part of a group of blind and vision-impaired players who have formed a new organization.

Hooper, along with noted competitor Mark Arnold and others have broken away from the U.S. Blind Golf Association to compete under the banner of the newly created American Blind Golf. 

ABG Member Bruce Hooper & his Wife Judy


The ABG will begin play this season with 50 players hailing from the United States and Canada.

The group's national championship will be held Oct. 10-14, again at Brackenridge. That title week will include the second annual "Fore the Blind" charity scramble, which will benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.

Hooper admits that the not-for-profit ABG was formed out of a disagreement with the established USBGA over membership and charity initiatives. The new organization, he said, will make fundraising and competition priorities.

 

"We want to get back to playing golf and enjoying each other's company," he said.

ABG will conduct two stroke-play events this year, including the California Blind Golf Classic in Lompoc, California, in September, and the national championship in San Antonio. Additionally, a modified Ryder Cup format will be utilized at the McCulloch Memorial Cup, which will pit teams from the United States and Canada in June at Wadsworth, Ohio.

"Our goal is to make American Blind Golf the best there is," said Hooper, a five-time national titlist. "We want people who want to help their community and play some golf."

Initial ABG Radio Interview on KTSA

 

ABG & USABA Announce         Formal Partnership VIA Memorandum of Understanding

 

September 21, 2010

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and American Blind Golf (ABG) are proud to announce a formal partnership that promotes blind golf for blind athletes. Since their founding in 1976, the USABA has been a Community Based Organization of the United States Olympic Committee.  USABA is the leader in the promotion and organization of recreational and competitive sports for the blind and vision impaired in the United States. USABA directly participates in and promotes several sports including Goalball, Track and Field, Cycling, Skiing, Judo, and maintains professional relationships with other sports including Golf, Bowling and Beep Baseball.  

"Many of our members are golf enthusiasts.  Although we don't have golf expertise, we're certainly pleased to be able to make our members aware of ABG's passion for golf, their programs, events and community support initiatives." said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.

ABG was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in golf tournaments for the blind and vision impaired.  In 2011, ABG has four tournaments scheduled in the United States.  Players will also compete in an international team event in Glasgow Scotland in July 2011.  ABG has been partnered with charity organizations that have raised thousands of dollars by staging ABG Golf Tournaments.

Specifically, the USABA and ABG will provide their expertise to each other and will maintain their cooperation with each organization. "This partnership between the USABA and the ABG can only bring more sporting opportunities to people who are blind and vision impaired," said Mark Arnold, communications director of ABG.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. Additional funding to the camp for military applicants is available through USABA's Mission Vision program.  For more information on USABA go to:

Logo of USABA & link to the website

 

2017 Championship Results

Logo of the SA Lighthouse & link to the website

Thank You Mike Gilliam & Nancy Lipton from the Lighthouse!

 

Congratulations to our Champions!

 

B1 Totally Blind)

Phil Blackwell & Coach Sybil Blackwell

B2 Less Than 20/600

Charles Adams & Coach Robert Bell

B3 Less Than 20/200

Scott Aughtry & Coach Dan Aldrich

 

Senior Net Champion

All Sight Categories

George Thirkill (B3) & Coach Roger Cline

 

Overall Net Champion

All Sight Categories

Grant Weathers (B2) & Coach Jay Hardwig

 

 

 

B1 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

 ROUND 1 

 ROUND 2 

 TOTAL Gross 

 Total NET 

Phil Blackwell Sybil Blackwell 98 93 191 151
Mario Tobia Frank Hesson 106 101 207 137
Jack Hansen Russ Hansen 111 118 229 151
Brian Oglesbee Steph Forrer 117 112 229 145
Jim Gales Ian Grimwade 116 120 236 168
Brad Eaton Mike Viens 128 125 253 161
Jim Hamilton Terry Martin 128 126 254 158
Ron Derry Jerry Rank 133 124 258 *
 

B2 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

 ROUND 1 

 ROUND 2 

 TOTAL Gross 

 Total NET 

Charles Adams Robert Bell 90 76 166 142
Bruce Peterson Mike Gilliam 87 91 178 130
Bob Banks Cindy Anderson 95 90 185 129
Mark Arnold Randy Forrer 97 102 199 155
Kevin Frost Mike Rivet 101 109 210 130
Grant Weathers Jay Hardwig 116 113 229 125
Chris Flynt Clete Fugate 142 130 272 154
 

B3 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

 ROUND 1 

 ROUND 2 

 TOTAL Gross 

 Total NET 

Scott Aughtry Dan Aldrich 85 88 173 153
Art Beauregard Sue Beauregard 84 90 174 138
Harry Hester Randy Nutt 91 86 177 157
Doug Penner Charlie Penner 88 92 180 142
Tim Jackson Rob Burneson 99 88 187 143
           

Senior Net & Overall Net Champions

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

 
George Thirkill (B3) Roger Cline Senior Net 1st Place 133
Dan McDonald SR (B2) Dan McDonald JR Senior Net 2nd Place 163
Grant Weathers (B2) Jay Hardwig Overall Net Champion 125
John Casolo David Mouton Net 155
Gill Moss (B3) Joan Moss Net 169
           

 

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