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Coming Events

16 Jun 2018

Entries for 2018 Queensland Open close on June 29. You will find an entry form under Coming Events.

Details WA Masters /WA Open finalised

16 Jun 2018

The WA Masters will be played at Collier Park GC on September3 and 4 and the WA Open will be played this year at the prestigious The Vines Resort and Country Club Course on September 6/7. Full details and entry forms can be found under Coming Events.

CHANGE OF DATE

16 Jun 2018

The 2018 NSW Open will now be played at Bankstown GC on November 12/13.

New video

15 Jun 2018

Blind golfers at 2018 ISPS HANDA Super 6's in Perth, on YouTube (2:06 min).

2018/19 Order of Merit

23 Mar 2018

The 2018/19 BGA Order of Merit (OOM) commenced with the 2018 Victorian and ISPS HANDA Australian Opens. As set out in the Order of Merit Policy on this website, OOM points are now only awarded for performance and not for participation or travel. The OOM summary is included on the website but the current “top 5” are:

2018 ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN BLIND GOLF OPEN

18 Mar 2018

The Blind Golf Australia ISPS HANDA Australian Open is currently rotated between Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Without the financial assistance from ISPS HANDA through the International Blind Golf Association it would not be possible to hold our annual championships in the way we do. This year it was Victoria's turn and the event was once again hosted by Rosebud Country Club. Blind Golf Australia again acknowledges the tremendous support received from the Board and members of Rosebud Country Club in providing a first class course in superb condition and of in making available the large number of volunteers who assist us in running a successful event.

The ISPS HANDA Australian Open was a 36 hole stroke event played on the Rosebud Country Club South Course on March 8th and 9th. The 2018 Australian Blind Golf Open Champion was Rod Mills a B3 player from New South Wales assisted by his caddy Geoff Mowthorpe from the Rosebud Country Club. Rod played consistently over both days finishing with a net 133, a whopping 11 strokes under par. Runner up was Graham Coulton a B2 player from New South Wales with his caddy Sue Carpenter also from New South Wales with a net 140. Graham turned back the clock with an amazing round of net 63 on the second day.

Rod Mills also won the Australian Open Gross Champion title finishing with 203 strokes.

Jenny McCallum from Western Australia with caddy Ian McCallum once again played consistently winning the Ladies Championship title on a countback from Michele Watts from New South Wales who both finished with a net 155.

Rod Mills won both the gross and net titles for the B3 category. Graham Coulton won the B2 net category title while Stephen Mitchell from New South Wales with caddy Di Ludlow won the B2 gross category title with 212.

The putting champion was John Hayward a B3 player from New South Wales with caddy Richard Robertson. John had an almost unbelievable 63 putts over the two days of competition.

Nearest the pins were won by Michele Watts from New South Wales X 2, Stephen Mitchell from New South Wales and Deanna Minciullo from Western Australia. Straightest drive glory was won by Gary Sargent from New South Wales and Robert Curtin from South Australia.

Golf Victoria very kindly took a number of action photos at the Australian Open. To access these photos please go to Flickr.

A joint presentation of trophies for the Victorian Open and the ISPS HANDA Australian Open took place on the Friday afternoon. At this function David Blyth was awarded with the inaugural Oder of Merit medallion for 2016/17.

Rules of Golf

18 Mar 2018

The R & A and the USGA announced March 11 the finalised changes to the Rules of Golf. The new Rules will come into effect on January 1 2019. For details of the announcement of the 2019 rules, please go to the following page on the Golf Australia website www.golf.org.au/final2019rules.

All BGA events will be played under the current Rules of Golf (2016) until December 31, 2018.

Consideration will be given to organising seminars on the new rules for BGA members later on in the year.

2018 BGV Victorian Open Championship

14 Mar 2018

The 2018 Victorian Open championships were played at the North Course, Rosebud Country Club on March 5/6 2018.

Unfortunately due to ill health, BGV President Doug Sloan was unable to attend – the first time for many, many years Doug has missed a Vic Open. But as the preparatory work had been done, and with considerable help from the Rosebud committee and members another very successful event was played.

There were 14 entrants this year but for probably the first time ever, due to illness and other reasons, no B1’s played.

Two long standing NSW members in Gary Sargent and Graham Coulton both returned to form after a bout in the doldrums. Gary with his caddy wife Eileen was the 2018 Victorian Open winner with a wonderful score of 81 points, including a 43 points on the second day. Graham with his caddy Sue Carpenter was runner up with 75 points.

Jenny McCallum WA with husband Ian as caddy was the B2 winner with 65 points. Archie Stevenson Vic with caddy wife Sue won his first ever blind golf trophy finishing runner up in B2 with 64 points.

Brad Carver (Qld) with caddy Pam Barr was the B3 winner with 70 points and Rod Mills NSW with caddy Dan Wakeling finished runner up with 69 points.

The John Maher Perpetual Trophy for caddies, markers and officials is played as a 9 hole stableford event each year after the completion of day one of blind golf. The trophy is always keenly fought for and this year’s winner was Di Ludlow Rosebud with 20 points.

Jenny McCallum had a couple of days out winning 3 nearest the pins with David Wheatley Vic winning the other. Doug Burrows WA and Robert Curtin SA won the straightest drives.

The BGV Board once again acknowledges the assistance provided by Rosebud Country Club, and its committee and members in staging this event each year.

The Trophy Results aare now available in the Victorian Results section.

Upcoming Events

14 Mar 2018

Make a note in your diaries. The 2018 BGA Australian Stableford Championships will be staged at Adelaide Shores GC on May 17/18 and the third Queensland Open will be played at Virginia GC , Brisbane on July 16/17

NSW and ISPS HANDA Australian Championships Sydney October 2017

Blind Golf NSW staged its own NSW State championship as well as conducting the 2017 ISAPS HANDA Australian championships on behalf of Blind Golf Australia in Sydney in October 2017. Both events were a huge success and well attended - although our blind golfers found scoring on both courses difficult! BGA thanks BGNSW and its Board and members for making these events so successful.

2017 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open - 36 hole stroke played at Bankstown Golf Club October 5/6

20 players from all mainland states of Australia plus overseas guests Carol Brill Ireland, Andy Sellars England and Kiefer Jones Canada completed this event. It is fair to say that just about every player had at least one hole they would prefer to forget. Playing very steady golf Rod Mills (NSW) and his caddy Mike Mills won the event with a net150. Kiefer Jones Canada won the best gross with an excellent score of 161 – playing off a 5 handicap. Ladies Champion was Jenny McCallum (WA) with net 158.

B1 net winner David Blyth (Vic), gross winner Doug Sloan (Vic), B2 net winner Stephen Mitchell (NSW), B2 gross winner Andy Sellars (England), B3 net winner Jeff Ellis (Vic), B3 gross winner Brad Carver (Qld).

All scores can be found under NSW Open results

2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open 36 hole stroke event played at Royal Sydney October 8/9

This event was staged at the prestigious Royal Sydney Golf Club on Sunday/Monday October 8/9. The general comment from the blind golfers participating was that the experience was one to be had – but the course was a little difficult for most vision impaired golfers. BGA was delighted with the 29 players including 3 overseas entrants who entered this event.

After the first day’s play , new member Michele Watts NSW and Andy Sellars England were joint leaders with net 81, from Kiefer Jones Canada net 82 and Mark Eschbank NSW/Malcolm Elliott WA net 85. Michele continued her good form on the Monday scoring an excellent net 69 for a tournament total 150 to win from Kiefer Jones net 156, Deanna Minciullo WA 163, and Andy Sellars and Mark Eschbank net 171. Congratulations Michele – winning an Australian Open at your second try in a blind golf tournament is a great achievement.

All scores can be found under Australian Opens 2017 results

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.