American Blind Golf

A Non-Profit 501 C3 Golfing Organization

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"Motivate, Inspire & Serve!"

Page Updated Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Coming soon for 2019...

 

2019 Annual ABG Card Application for Players, Coaches & Supporters

 

Tournament Applications for 2019

October in Texas

ABG National Stroke Play Championship

October 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2019

 

 

June in Ohio

ABG National Match Play Championship

June 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2019

 

 

2018 National Championship Results

2018 National Championship Summary

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


2019 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

 

2018 Championship Results

Logo of the SA Lighthouse & link to the website

Thank You Mike Gilliam & Nancy Lipton from the Lighthouse on the 10th Anniversary of the Championship!

 

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

Harry Hester & Coach Margaret Hester

 

Senior Net Champion

All Sight Categories

Jim Hamilton (B1) & Coach Terry Martin

 

Overall Net Champion

All Sight Categories

Ron Derry (B1) & Coach Jerry Rank

 

 

 

B1 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

Gross

Net

Phil Blackwell Sybil Blackwell 94 63
David Burnet Bill Phipps 113 60
Ron Derry Jerry Rank 115 57
Brad Eaton Mike Viens 132 86
Chris Flynt Clete Fugate 138 74
Jack Hansen Russ Hansen 109 70
Brian Oglesbee Jason Hogan 114 72
 

B2 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

Gross

Net

Charles Adams Robert Bell 86 76
Mark Arnold Randy Forrer 96 74
Bob Banks Jerry Shaman 98 74
Bruce Hooper Judy Hooper 90 73
Bruce Peterson Mike Gilliam 95 74
Grant Weathers Ken Weathers 111 64
 

B3 Sight Category

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

Gross

Net

Harry Hester Margaret Hester 87 77
Glenn Babcock Lois Babcock 88 72
Tim Jackson Rob Burneson 89 67
Boyde Stewart Jackie Stewart 127 80
           

Senior Net & Overall Net Champions

 PLAYER 

 COACH 

 
Jim Hamilton (B1) Terry Martin Senior Net 1st Place 77
John Casolo (B1) David Mouton Senior Net 2nd Place 79
Ron Derry (B1) Jerry Rank Overall Net Champion 57
Dan McDonald (B2) Dan McDonald Jr. Net 86
Gill Moss (B3) Joan Moss Net 90
           

2018 National Championship Summary

Submitted by Bruce & Judy Hooper

 

San Antonio is on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert but on October 8 and 9, you would have sworn this city was in the middle of a tropical rain forest.  Unrelenting rain dominated the 10th annual ABG National Stroke Play Championship but a day later, the “Fore the Blind Charity Scramble”, was played under sunny skies.

 

On Sunday, October 7, a Welcome Reception was provided by Fratello’s Italian restaurant.  Mike Gilliam, President and CEO of the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired welcomed us and announced that over the last 10 years, the charity scramble event has hit the million dollar mark for donations to the SALB’s blind children’s program.  Mark Arnold presented Mike with a check from American Blind Golf for $500 and an additional check for $500 from American Blind Golf Ohio on behalf of Erik Schei.  Eric is a Wounded Warrior whose injuries rendered him a quadriplegic.  He painted a picture of hot air balloons with the ABG logo by holding the paintbrush in his mouth.  The painting was raffled at the tournament in Ohio and Eric requested that a portion of the funds be given to the SA Lighthouse. 

 

After dinner, there was a brief player’s meeting and a celebration drawing for all who had an annual ABG card.  Chris Flynt won a free entry into the 2019 national match play or stroke play event.  Dan McDonald won the golf-bag shaped mug loaded with dimes, and Roger Cline won $100 in cash.  Various other prizes, too long to be listed here, were distributed.

 

On Monday, the first day of competition for the championship, the tournament got off on time but then hit a wall of disagreeable weather.  By 3 pm, there was rain and lightning.  The USGA officials in charge called the tournament, suspending play when lightening was within 9 miles.  Players and coaches had to move quickly, leaving behind markers where their balls laid.  Most players by then had completed 10 holes.  After a lengthy wait in the club house and rain continuing to fall, play was not possible.  The next day at 11 a.m., the players were sent out to resume play.  The first eighteen holes were completed.  The plan was to have lunch and then play an additional 9 holes making the tournament a 27 hole event; however, heavy rains moved over the Republic golf club again and the last 9 holes were not possible.  Our National stroke play tournament ended with 18 holes.  Winners were declared and they are as follows:

Senior category:  1st place Jim Hamilton coached by Terry Martin and 2nd place John Casolo coached by David Mouton.

B 1 category:  1st place Phil Blackwell coached by Sybil Blackwell and 2nd place Jack Hansen coached by Russ Hansen.

B 2 category:  1st place Charlie Adams coached by Roy Bell and 2nd place Bruce Hooper coached by Judy Hooper.

B 3 category:  1st place Harry Hester coached by Margaret Hester and 2nd place Glenn Babcock coached by Lois Babcock.

Overall Net winner:  Ron Derry coached by Jerry Rank.

 

On Wednesday, October 10, the Fore the Blind Scramble consisted of 24 teams.  Each team had four sponsor or community players paired with one of our blind golfers.  Typical of San Antonio, we played in sunny weather instead of rain and lightning.  Hole # 1 was literally a blast!  All players and coaches got to shoot a canon which lofted a ball from the tee to the green about 400 yards away.  The closest to the pin was announced after the round, and the winner was Ken Weathers, coach of Grant Weathers.  Ken won $1010.10, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of ABG’s partnership with the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired!

 

A delicious Bar B Q dinner, with a raffle and awards took place after the round of golf.  Many of our ABG members were lucky to have won prizes including Roger Cline who won a diamond necklace.  Lois Babcock won champagne and a chocolate pearl necklace; John Casolo won a beautiful golf carry bag and wine, Brad Eaton won lunch and round of golf at Fair Oaks Golf Club, and again too much more to list.  The best news will come in a few weeks when photos and final money donation for the SALB’s blind and vision impaired children’s program is released.

 

Next year’s dates for the San Antonio stroke play tournament are October 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2019.  Thanks to all who attended this year; and thanks to all of you who support the administration and outreach of ABG with your $20 Annual ABG card donation.  Special appreciation and applause to Nancy Lipton, SALB’s Director of Public Relations, for her superb efforts in organizing the event!

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