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Website Update

This website has been totally updated to eliminate duplication, delete irrelevant and out of date items and add new items which hopefully readers will find of interest. In particular we have added a totally new section on how to get started in blind golf in Australia including a copy of the sight certificate required, updated contacts and revamped all BGA policies governing blind golf played in Australia—the latter is important for current members to read—go to Policies.

Niciejewski wins 2017 Queensland Open

BGA played our second Queensland Blind and Vision Impaired Open at Virginia Golf Club on July 17/18 2017. BGA acknowledges the support of Vision Australia , Virginia Golf Club, Golf Queensland and the members of the Aspley Rotary Club in making this event a success.

BGA was delighted to have 15 players from 5 states compete in this event. For the first time 4 Queensland residents competed in a major blind golf event –and in the week Queensland won the Rugby League State of Origin, the "locals" excelled themselves by finishing in 4 of the top 5 places.

After the first day Glenn Niciejewski ( Qld, who is a B1 , totally blind) with his caddy Mark Tookey led with 40 points from newcomer Michael Maurice (Qld) playing his major event and his caddy Len Smyth with 38 points. Glenn started very nervously on the second day, scoring only 2 points on the first 4 holes-then proceeded to "shoot the lights" out with 46 points on the next 14 holes to finish with 48 point and easily win the event with 88 points . Glenn has been playing competitive blind golf since 2010 –and this was by far the best round he has ever had! Another newcomer in Raeann Shields (Qld) and her caddy Julie Anning by virtue of an excellent 43 points on the second day was runner up with 73 points. The B1 winner was David Blyth ( Vic) and caddy Gary McInnes, B2 was won by Gary Sargent (NSW) and his caddy Eileen Sargent and B3 was won by Michael Maurice ( Qld) and his caddy Len Smyth.

For full score and trophy winner details please go to "Results-Queensland"

BGA Australian Blind Golf Stableford Championships

BGA staged our tenth Australian Stableford championships at Adelaide Shores Golf Club in May

We were very happy to have 16 participants from 4 states play in this event. The winner was Jeff Ellis from Victoria and his caddy Maureen Ellis—it was Jeff's third victory in this event. Jeff remains one of Blind Golf's more consistent performers.

It was also very pleasing to have a relatively new member in David Martin from WA and his caddy Jodie Martin finish runner up. David was playing in his first Australian Stableford Championship

Full results are available in the Results section

Coming Events

2018 ISPS HANDA Australian Open

The 2018 Australian Open will be played at Rosebud Victoria on March 8/9 2018

Western Australia Blind Golf Open

The Western Australian Blind Golfers Association (WABGA) are staging the annual WA Blind Golf Open as a 36 hole stableford event at Collier Park Golf Club on Thursday/Friday September 7/8. For anyone travelling from the eastern states and looking for more than 2 days golf, games will be arranged with WABGA members on Perth courses on Monday/Tuesday September 4/5. Entry forms for the WA Open are now available—entries close August 25. For any enquiries please contact Jodie Martin email dobba4@bigpond.com

NSW Blind Golf Open

The annual NSW Blind Golf Open will be held at Bankstown Golf Club as a 36 hole stroke event on Thursday/Friday 5/6 October. This event is being played in conjunction with the 2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open. Accommodation will be at The Bankstown Travelodge. Entry forms are now available and close July 31. For any enquiries please contact Graham Coulton email graham_coulton@bigpond.com

2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open

The 2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open will be played at the prestigious, historic and private Royal Sydney Golf Course on Sunday/Monday October 8/9 as a 36 hole stroke event . This venue provides blind and vision impaired golfers worldwide an opportunity to play on a course acknowledged as one of the best in the world. Entry forms are now available and close July 31. For any enquiries please contact graham_coulton@bigpond.com or Peter North secbga@gmail.com

For further details of other upcoming events please go to "Coming Events"

BGA Order of Merit

BGA conducts an Order of Merit (OOM) which awards points for performance at and participation in the 6 major Australian tournaments each year. The OOM is conducted over a 2 year period and is the prime method of determining Australian places in the biennial World Blind Golf Championships.

with 3 major events remaining for the 2016/17 year , the current top 5 are:
David Wheatley (Vic) 79 points,
David Blyth (Vic) 65.83,
Rod Mills (NSW) 64,
Graham Coulton (NSW) 63.5 and
Stephen Mitchell (NSW) 62

For a complete list of current placings, please go to "Order of Merit "

New Members

BGA is continually looking to get new players involved in blind golf. We welcome Raeann Shields (Qld), Peter Drury (WA) Michelle Watts (NSW) and Mathew Artis (NSW) to our ranks.

Irish/British Opens

Five BGA members on Jenny Abela, Graham Coulton, Ron Anderson, Malcolm Elliott and David Martin played in the British and Irish Opens held in late June/early July. Whilst success was limited , all enjoyed the experience of playing in Ireland—despite the rain!!