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New 2017 Calendar of National and International Events

The calendar of National and International Events has been updated - see Coming Events. BGNSW are to be congratulated on securing Royal Sydney Golf Club as the venue for the 2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Open - BGA is hoping that such a prestigious venue will attract more overseas competitors.

2016 BGA AGM

At BGA's AGM held in October, a new Board was appointed in Doug Sloan President, Rod Mills Vice President, Peter North Secretary/Treasurer and Gerry Brown , Rick Krolik and Geoff Walsh as Directors . BGA thanks both Robert Curtin and Ross Thompson for their services as Directors over many years.

ISPS HANDA World Blind Golf Championships 2016

8 Australians took part in the 2016 World Blind Golf Championships and the Japan Open which preceded the Worlds in Japan in November. Full report follows, as either Word (15KB docx) or PDF (50KB PDF) format.

David Blyth Life Member IBGA

BGA is delighted to advise that David Blyth was appointed a Life Member of the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) at the IBGA Biennial Meeting in Japan in early November . David is only the third person to be bestowed with IBGA life membership since its inception. Both Mr Hiromi Fujimoto ( Dec.) from Japan and Mr Howard Lange from Australia were bestowed with life membership in 2008 when Dr Handa was bestowed as Honorary Life President.

David was a founding member of Blind Golf Victoria in 1988 and was elected as President in 1991 - a position he held until 2000. He was the inaugural President of BGA when it was formed in 1991 - a position he held until 2011. David was chair of the interim committee set up in 1997 to formulate the constitution for IBGA which commenced in 1998. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of IBGA as Secretary /Treasurer and he became President of IBGA in 2004 - a position he held until 2012.

David has been a tireless worker for Blind Golf worldwide for almost 30 years. He is still a regular and very keen participant in blind golf events and like good wine is getting better with age as evidenced by his selection in Australia's team for the recent IBGA World Championships.

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.

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