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2016 BGNSW Open

The BGNSW Open was played as a 36 hole stroke event at the challenging Bankstown Golf Club on September 16/17 - the first time a blind golf event has been held at this course. The net winner was Stephen Mitchell (NSW) and his caddy Phil Canty with a net score of 150 - Stephen was the only player to break 100 “off the stick” over the 2 days. Rod Mills (NSW) and his caddy Mike Mills won the best overall gross event whilst Jenny Abela (NSW) with caddies Steve Doyle/Kevin Munce won the ladies championship. David Wheatley (Vic) and his caddy Peter North won the B3 event, Gary Sargent (NSW) and his caddy Eileen Sargent won the B2 event, and David Blyth (Vic) and his caddy Gary McInnes won the B1 event.

Detailed scores and trophy winners can be found under “Results” on this website.

BGA 2016/17 Order of Merit

BGA conducts an order of merit over a 2 year period based on the results of the 6 major events played each year. Points are awarded for performance, attendance and interstate travel. The Order of Merit is used to determine Australia’s places in the biennial World Championships and a medallion will be awarded to the winner of the 2016/17 OOM. At the halfway mark the top 5 in the OOM are David Wheatley, Stephen Mitchell, Rod Mills, David Blyth and Doug Sloan.

A complete list of all players and points to date can be found under “Order of Merit” on this website.

2016 ISPS HANDA BGA Australian Open

BGA with great assistance from WABGA conducted the 2016 ISPS HANDA Australian Open at Wembley Golf Club, Perth on August 18 2016 - this was the first time a major blind golf event has been played at Wembley . BGA acknowledges the support from the International Blind Golf Association and Dr Handa which makes this event possible each year.
19 players from WA, SA, Vic, NSW and Qld competed this year.
It even rains sometimes in Perth and play on the scheduled first day unfortunately had to be cancelled. As a result the event had to be played as a one day event only.
There were some excellent scores with no less than 5 players easily beating their handicaps.
Continuing his great form from the WA Open played 3 days earlier , the winner was new member Brad Carver (Qld) and his caddy Josiah Gilbert with a score of net 62 -10 under par! A very close runner up with a huge improvement from his WA Open score was Alan Rusland (WA) and his caddy James O'Halloran with net 63. Stephen Mitchell and his caddy Kevin Williamson won the best gross score with 101. David Blyth (Vic) and his caddy Gary McInnes won the B1 event with net 75, Malcolm Elliott (WA) and his caddy Neville Walker won the B2 event with net 64 and David Wheatley (Vic) and his caddy Peter North won the B3 event with net 69. The other player to break his handicap was new member David Martin (WA) with a net 69.
Jenny McCallum (WA) and her caddy Ian McCallum won the Ladies event with net 75.
Full details can be found under the "Australian Open Tournament Results" page on the website.

2016 West Australian Open

WABGA staged the 2016 WA Open at Collier Park GC on August 15 2016 with an excellent entry of 21 players from WA, SA, Vic, NSW and Qld. Jenny McCallum(WA) with her caddy Ian McCallum repeated her 2007 victory winning on a count back with a very good score of 37 points. Runner up was new member Brad Carver (Qld), playing in his first major event, with his caddy Josiah Gilbert , also with 37 points. Doug Sloan( Vic) with his best ever major tournament score of 36 points and his caddy Jo Delaney won the B1 event , John White(WA) and his caddy Ross Thompson won the B2 event and Doug Burrows (WA) and his caddy Lynley Burrows won the B3 event.
Full details are available under the "Western Australian Tournament Results" section of the website.

Inaugural Queensland Open

BGA staged our first blind golf event in Queensland on July 17/19 2016. The event consisted of a "come/try" afternoon on July 17 which was well attended, followed by two rounds of the inaugural Queensland Open on July 18/19 - all at Virginia Golf Club. 17 players from WA/SA/Vic/NSW and Qld participated in the event.

In a very tight finish, Stephen Mitchell (NSW) and his caddy Robin Bechly (Qld) won the event on a countback with 71 points - the final result was decided on the 36th hole. David Wheatley (Vic) and his caddy Peter North (Vic) were runners up also with 71 points. Glen Niciewjewski (Qld) and his caddy Mark Tookey (Qld) won the B1 event, Graham Coulton (NSW) and his caddy Sue Carpenter(NSW) won the B2 event and Robert Curtin (SA) and his caddy Robert Mullins (Qld) won the B3 event. Full results are available under the Queensland Results section of the website.

The BGA Board was very pleased with this event as it established blind golf in Queensland, created contacts for future events and importantly resulted in 2 new members from Queensland.

Blind Golf Australia thanks Vision Australia, Blind Sports Australia, Virginia Golf Club, Golf Queensland, the volunteers from Queensland (particularly from the Aspley Rotary Club) and all the participants for their roles in assisting to make this a successful event.

BGV Coming Events

Blind Golf Victoria have updated their calendar of events through to May 2017.

2016 BGA Australian Stableford Championships

John White wins 2016 BGA Australian Stableford Championships

John White ( WA ) with his caddy Gaye White won the weather shortened 2016 Australian Stableford Championships played as a one day event at Adelaide Shore GC on May 26. John had a wonderful score of 40 points on the Thursday to clearly emerge as the winner . Friday's play was called off when inclement weather set in before any group completed 8 holes - to the relief of wet and cold golfers, caddies and officials! Rod Mills (NSW) and his caddy Kerry Eichner finished runner up with 35 points. Credit goes to Robert Curtin (SA) and his caddy Gus Bossenbury with Robert winning his first major trophy being the B3 winner with 34 points.

2016 ISPS HANDA World Championships

BGA is delighted to advise that Australia has secured nine places for the 2016 ISPS HANDA World Blind Golf Championships to be held in Japan in November 2016. This is very encouraging for BGA as only 56 players are invited to compete in this event. A little over 25% of our active members will compete in this event.

BGA's team is based on finishing places in the 2014/15 Order of Merit which rewarded participation in and results from competing in the 5 major tournaments (BGA Australian Open and Stableford Championships, BGNSW Open, WABGA Open and BGV Open) staged each year in Australia over a two year period in 2014/15 . In 2016 the inaugural Queensland Open will become an Order of Merit event. In addition Australia has two current world champions who receive automatic invitations and an IBGA Board member who also receives an automatic invitation. The International Blind Golf Association has set criteria that entrants in the 2016 World Championships must have a handicap at or under the maximum for the 3 sight classifications and must have played in a minimum of 8 qualifying events in the 2 year period up until December 2015.

Australia's team

Australia's team is

Current World Champions

Malcom Elliott WA B2
Jenny McCallum WA B2

IBGA Board Member

Graham Coulton NSW B2 (Graham would have qualified under BGA's Order of Merit in any event )

Order of Merit

David Blyth Vic B1
Rod Mills NSW B3
Doug Burrows WA B3
Gary Sargent NSW B2
Stephen Mitchell NSW B2
Deanna Minciullo WA B2

Blind Golf Australia Office Bearers