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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.

WA Open and the ISPS Australian Open

Entry forms for the WA Open and the ISPS Australian Open in August are available on the Coming Events WA page.

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