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2022 Drummond Golf Classic/2022 BGA TransitCare Queensland Championship Results

13 August 2022

Detailed Results can be found at the Queensland Results Page.

BGA 2020-22 Order of Merit

13 August 2022

The updated BGA Order of Merit 2020-2022 to July 30 2022 can be found on this website under Order of Merit.

Handicaps

13 August 2022

The BGA Handicaps as at July 29 2022 are now available.

Upcoming Events

03 August 2022

The 2022 Western Australian Blind Golf Open will be played at the Wembley Golf Club on the 12th/13th of September, to be followed by the 2022 ISPS Handa Australian Blind Golf Open to be played on the 15th/16 of September.

Invitation/Entry forms for the 2022 WABGA Open can be found here and here.

Invitation/Entry forms for the 2022 ISPS Handa Australian Blind Golf Open can be found here and here.

Entries for both Events close on Friday, August 19th 2022.

2022 Drummond Golf Classic/2022 BGA TransitCare Queensland Championship

01 August 2022

The 2022 Drummond Golf Classic and the 2022 BGA TransitCare Queensland Championship were played over the week 18th to 22nd of July. The Drummond Golf Classic was played on the Monday/Tuesday as a Stableford event played at The Glades Golf Club on the Monday and then Emerald Lakes Golf Club on the Tuesday. Incorporated into the event was a Charity 2 Ball Fundraiser event played on Monday. The Charity Fundraiser was well supported with funds raised to be used by Blind Golf Australia for the continued development of Vision Impaired Golf throughout Australia. Blind Golf Australia expresses its sincere thanks to Drummond Golf and the many other sponsors for their support of this event. A special thankyou to Margie Tolcher, Darren Solly, Mark Tookey and Craig Purton who provided their skills and hard work on behalf of Blind Golf Australia to organize the event.

The Overall Winner of the 2022 Drummond Golf Classic was Mark Eschbank with a score of 61 points. Overall Runner Up was Darren Solly with 56 points. The B3 Winner was Andrew Patterson with 56 points. The B3 Runner Up was Michele Watts with 50 points. The B2 Winner was David Martin with 51 points. The B2 Runner Up was Sean Witting with 48 points. The B1 Winner was Glenn Niciejewski with 32 points. The B1 Runner Up was Doug Sloan with 20 points. Detailed Results can be found at the Queensland Results page.

The 2022 BGA TransitCare Queensland Championship was meant to be played on Thursday/Friday but due to heavy showers during Thursday's play and then overnight, Friday's play was cancelled. The event was reduced to an 18 hole Stableford competition.
The Overall Winner was Jamie Hain with an excellent score of 31 points given the playing conditions. The Overall Runner Up was Paul McKenzie with a score of 28 points. The B3 Winner was Mark Eschbank on 25 points. The B3 Runner Up was Andrew Patterson on 23 points. The B2 Winner was Stephen Mitchell on 22 points. The B2 Runner Up was Paul Mc Kenna on 21 points. The B1 Winner was Glenn Niciejewski on 19 points. The B1 Runner Up was David Blyth on 7 points.
Blind Golf Australia expresses its sincere thanks to Terry O'Toole from TransitCare for his sponsorship of this event and the provision of bus transport to and from the Brisbane Airport as well as to and from the hotel accommodation and golf courses. This support made for an enjoyable week for our players and is greatly appreciated. Blind Golf Australia also gives thanks to all of the caddies, volunteers and supporters who made both events very enjoyable to participate in.

Photos for both events can be found at the BEHIND THE TEE photo gallery.

Updated Sight Form

09 July 2022

The BGA Sight Classification form (53KB docx) has been updated.

2022 Blind Golf South Australian Open

30 May 2022

The 2022 Blind Golf South Australian Open was played at the Adelaide Shores Patawalonga Golf Club on May 16th/17th. The event was enjoyed by 14 players with their caddies and volunteers. The Blind Golf South Australian Open Champion was Cameron Reid from South Australia with 74 Stableford Points. The Runner-up was Sean Witting from Victoria with 60 Stableford Points. The B1 category winner was Glenn Niciejewski from Victoria with 52 points, B2 winner Darren Solly from Victoria with 53 points, and the B3 winner was Andrew Patterson from Victoria with 52 points. This event was the first Blind Golf Australia sanctioned event to be played under the World Handicapping System (WHS) using Golf Link Indexes. Many thanks to the Westward Ho Golf Club for providing the technical support.

The tournament was a success and the Blind Golf South Australia Committee members are congratulated for their efforts in making the tournament possible and enjoyable for all who participated. Blind Golf South Australia thanks all players, caddies, volunteers, supporters and Beyond Blindness for the donation of the use of the Community Bus for the Tournament.

A photo album for this event can be found at the BEHIND THE TEE photo gallery.

Detailed results can be found at the South Australian Open Results page.

2022 Blind Golf Australia Classic

30 May 2022

The 2022 BGA Classic was played for the first time on the 19th and 20th of May. The BGA Classic is a new initiative from Blind Golf Australia to provide greater opportunities for vision impaired golfers around Australia to be able to participate in 2 major events in the one week at least once a year in each State.

The event was played as a Stableford Competition which was contested by 13 players along with their caddies and volunteers. The BGA Classic winner was Cameron Reid from SA with a score of 66 points. Runner Up was Andrew Patterson from VIC with a score of 59 points. The B1 category winner was Glenn Niciejewski from VIC with a score of 45 points. The B1 category Runner Up was Doug Sloan from VIC with a score of 39 points. The B2 category winner was Darren Solly from VIC with a score of 59 points. The B2 category Runner Up was David Martin from WA with 42 points. The B3 category winner was Tony Telfer from NSW with a score of 50 points. The B3 category Runner Up was Jeff Ellis from VIC with 49 points. Detailed results can be found at the Blind Golf Australia Classic results page.

Blind Golf Australia thanks the Blind Golf South Australia Board for their support in organising the event. Both events were enjoyed by all who participated. Blind Golf Australia thanks all players, caddies, volunteers, supporters and Beyond Blindness for the donation of the use of the Community Bus for the Tournament.

A photo album for this event can be found at the BEHIND THE TEE photo gallery.

Detailed results can be found at the Blind Golf Australia Classic Results page.

BLIND GOLF NSW Program for 2022

30 May 2022

The New South Wales Program for 2022 has been updated.

National and International Coming Events

7 Apr 2022

The Australian and International Events Calendar has been updated with 2022 and early 2023 events.

Blind Golf Australia (BGA) Classic

7 Apr 2022

Blind Golf Australia (BGA) has decided to stage a third national two day event alongside the Australian Open and Australian Stableford Championship, to be played in Adelaide on May 19/20 2022. The event will be known as the Blind Golf Australia (BGA) Classic which in 2022 will be played as a stableford event.

This year, the BGA Classic will be played in conjunction with the Beyond Blindness Blind Golf South Australian Stableford Championships which is to be played on May 16/17 at the Adelaide Shores Golf Club, West Beach, Adelaide

To celebrate this inaugural event, BGA has decided to make entry free in 2022. Motorised carts are to be paid for separately.

Entries for the BGA classic close on April 29 2022

Entry forms can be obtained from your Blind Golf Member State Organisations or email secbga@gmail.com

BGA looks forward to seeing you all in Adelaide.

Policy

7 Apr 2022

BGA has added to the Policy section, the Blind Golf Australia Statement of Rules.

BEHIND THE TEE - a photo gallery

31 Mar 2022

Now available is BEHIND THE TEE - a photo gallery. Behind the tee is the brainchild of Margie Tolcher, and was designed to give blind /vision impaired golfers, their families/friends and other interested people access to the thousands of photos that Margie takes at Blind Golf Tournaments all over Australia.

2022 Western Australian Blind Golf Association Events

27 Mar 2022

Now available in the Coming Events section are the Western Australian Blind Golf Association Events 2022.

Privacy Policy

27 Mar 2022

At a BGA Board Meeting on March 23 2022, BGA has Ratified their tenth policy, a Privacy Policy, which applies from March 23rd 2022.

2022 Blind Golf Victorian Open

17 Mar 2022

The 2022 Victorian Blind Golf Open was played at the Rosebud Country Club on the 7th and 8th of March. A great field of 18 players was welcomed by Blind Golf Victoria and the Rosebud Country Club to contest the Open on the superbly presented South Course in perfect weather conditions on both days.

The tournament was hotly contested in all categories with excellent scores achieved by many players.
This year's Overall Winner was Graham Coulton from NSW with a score of 77 points.
Overall runner up was Andrew Patterson from VIC with a score of 76 points.
Glenn Niciejewski from QLD won the B1 Category with 51 points.
Sean Witting from VIC won the B2 Category with 72 points.
Paul McKenzie from NSW won the B3 Category with 73 points.

Blind Golf Victoria acknowledges the ongoing support of the Rosebud Country Club Committee, members and staff as well as the caddies.

Results at the Blind Golf Victoria Results page.

2022 BGA National Stableford Championship

17 Mar 2022

The 2022 Blind Golf Australia National Stableford Championship was played at the Rosebud Country Club Club on March 10th and 11th. The event was played by 18 players in superb weather conditions for golf over the 2 days.

The Blind Golf Australia National Stableford Champion was Mark Eschbank from NSW with a brilliant score of 88 points.
Overall Runner-up was Darren Solly from QLD with another great score of 77 points.
The B1 category winner was Glenn Niciejewski from QLD with 53 points.
The B2 winner was Gary Sargent from NSW with 73 points.
The B3 winner was Paul McKenzie from NSW with 72 points.

Blind Golf Australia acknowledges the support provided by the Rosebud Country Club Committee, Staff and Members. BGA also gives thanks for the support given by the players' caddies.

Detailed results can be found at the Stableford Results page.

2021 New South Wales Blind Golf Open and the 2021 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open

11 Feb 2022

McKenzie Wins 2021 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open Championship & 2021 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championship

Liverpool Golf Club again hosted the 2021 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open Championship and 2021 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championship for Blind and Low Vision golfers, both tournaments were played over two rounds each on Monday 31 January & Tuesday 1 February (NSW Open) and Thursday 2 & Friday 4 February (Australian Open).

Paul McKenzie with caddie/guide Leonie Fraser, playing on a handicap of 14 (NSW Open) and 13 (Australian Open), mastered the challenging conditions best to shoot a Net total of 144 and Gross total of 172 for the 2 rounds (NSW Open) and a Net total of 163 and Gross total of 189 for the 2 rounds (Australian Open). Paul, who is gradually losing his eyesight and has only ben a member of Blind Golf NSW for a little over 2 years is also a member of Yowani Golf Club in the ACT. His association with Blind Golf has assisted him in coming to terms with his eyesight condition, being able to liaise with people with similar eyesight conditions.

Paul McKenzie and Darren Solly have both been selected to represent Australia as part of the Rest of The World Team to play in 2022 Vision Cup (similar to the Ryder Cup) vs The Americas Team at TPS Sawgrass in September this year.

Main sponsors Vision Australia awarded trophies for all winners and sight categories and was represented by Rolf Geerlings and expressed that attending the Championships and Presentation had renewed his passion for the game which had waned due to his loss of eyesight and was contemplating joining Blind Golf NSW, after being inspired by the efforts of the golfers who participated in the events. Special thanks also goes to ISPS HANDA, and Srixon for their sponsorship of this events and also those hard working caddie/guides.

Blind Golf NSW wishes to acknowledge the International Blind Golf Association, Blind Golf Australia and Liverpool Golf Club for hosting the two Championships. Their attention to detail made it easy for the players, caddie/guides and officials to enjoy the tournament given the extreme weather conditions during the NSW Open.

If this article has encouraged you to find out more about Blind Golf or are interested in becoming involved as a player, caddie/guide or sponsor, please visit www.Blindgolf.com.au, our Facebook Pages at Blind Golf NSW & Blind Golf Australia or email blindgolfnsw@gmail.com or secbga@gmail.com

2021 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open Championship Tournament Summary

Net Winner (NSW Vision Australia Open Champion) Paul McKenzie (ACT)
Net Runner Up Daren Solly(QLD)
Gross Winner Mark Eschbank (NSW)
Sight Category Winners
B3 Champion Andrew Patterson (VIC)
B3 Runner Up Dean Reid (VIC)
B2 Champion Gary Sargent (NSW)
B2 Runner Up Graham Coulton (NSW)
B1 Champion David Blyth (VIC)
B1 Runner Up Doug Sloan (VIC)
Putting Champion Paul McKenzie

2021 ISPS HANDA Australia Blind Golf Open Championship Tournament Summary

Net Winner (ISPS HANDA Australian Open Champion) Paul McKenzie (ACT)
Net Runner Up Dean ReidVIC)
Gross Winner Paul McKenzie (ACT)
Sight Category Winners
B3 Net Champion Paul McKenzie (ACT)
B3 Gross Champion Paul McKenzie (ACT)
B2 Net Champion Darren Solly (QLD)
B2 Gross Champion Darren Solly (QLD)
B1 Net Champion Glenn Niciejewski (QLD)
B1 Gross Champion Glenn Niciejewski (QLD)

South Australia Events

11 Feb 2022

The South Australia Program for 2022 has been updated.

Coming Events Victoria

12 Nov 2021

Under Coming Events Victoria, their calendar has been updated with the 2022 events.

BGA Annual General Meeting

27 Oct 2021

The BGA Annual General Meeting was held on October 27th 2021. The new Board members are Doug Sloan - President, David Martin - Vice President, Peter North - Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Eschbank - Director, Peter Drury - Director.

Geoff Walsh was appointed as National Handicapper and Board Director.

Video

25 June 2021

Here's a Facebook link to a Golf Australia video produced from footage of a demonstration Blind Golf South Australia did at Royal Adelaide GC on 12/02/2020.

New brochures

25 May 2021

A new Social Media page has been added to the BGA site, containing links to Blind Golf Australia's YouTube channel and Blind Golf Australia's private Facebook group.

BGA are pleased to advise that a full YouTube audio / video description of Blind Golf and its rules 'A Guide to Blind Golf' (10:04) has been added to our site, in addition to 'A Guide to Blind Golf' (633KB PDF) and 'A Guide to Blind Golf Digital Brochure 2021' (1.7MB PDF).

Articles

4 May 2021

Qld junior blind golf champion wins International Lions World Peace essay prize.

Policy

30 Mar 2021

The Policy Code of Conduct and Associated Disciplinary Committees Policy has been added.

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), have updated contacts, and revamped all BGA policies governing blind golf played in Australia. The latter is important for current members to read, so please go to the BGA Policies section.