News

BGSA Demo Day

20 Feb 2020

A report on the Blind Golf Demonstration Day held at the recent ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide (including YouTube video).

Policy

17 Feb 2020

Blind Golf Australia has updated the Order of Merit Policy effective from the 1st of January 2020 to include Order of Merit points for travel to interstate events and for participation. The South Australian Blind Golf Open is now included as a sanctioned event. To read the updated policy go to Policies on this website.

Handicaps

17 Feb 2020

The BGA Handicaps as at January 31st, 2020 are now available .

Coming Events

31 Jan 2020

The Blind Golf Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia , and inter-national Coming Events for 2020 have been updated.

The new Board previously approved the 2020 major events as under:

Handicaps

30 Dec 2019

The International Blind Golf Association ( IBGA) has introduced a new handicapping policy effective January 1 2020. The previous policy has been changed to better align Blind Golf’s handicap system with the World Handicap System (WHS) which will come into effect worldwide progressively during 2020.

The general effect of the policy changes is that those members who are under their sight classification maximums will have their handicaps reduced by 1 to 2 strokes. Members will be advised of their new handicaps as soon as IBGA/BGA do all their calculations.

It is important to note that golf worldwide will go through the same exercise.

There is a more detailed explanation of the policy changes under “Handicaps” . Additionally the revised IBGA Policy Document is also available in the same section.

BGA Annual General Meeting

23 November 2019

BGA’s AGM was held on October 30. The new Board consists of Doug Sloan President , David Martin Vice President, Peter North Secretary/Treasurer , Stephen Jackson and Rod Mills Directors.

Geoff Walsh was appointed as Director/Handicapper at the last BGA Board Meeting.

New Member Blind Golf South Australia

23 November 2019

At the 2019 AGM , Blind Golf South Australia was readmitted as a member after many years in recess. President Doug Sloan congratulated the BGSA Board under the leadership of Cameron Reid in achieving this outcome.

2019 Blind Golf New South Wales Open

23 November 2019

The 2019 BGNSW Open was staged as a stroke event at Liverpool Golf Club on November 12/13. This is the first time Liverpool has been used for blind golf and the participants found the course to be very challenging.

Continuing his recent run of excellent form , Glenn Niciejewski B1 Qld with his caddy Peter Harrington was the winner with net 158 . Brad Carver B3 Qld with his caddy Dennis Grace won the gross championship with a score of 222. Making it a Queensland trifecta Neil Herdegen B3 Qld with his caddy Joy Meemungthan was net runner up on a countback with a score of 165

Robert Curtin SA who has also performed well in the latter half of the year won the B3 net trophy, Graham Coulton NSW won the B2 trophy and Doug Sloan Vic the B1 trophy

The coveted Erik Royds Perpetual trophy for the least putts was won on a countback by Brad Carver Qld with 64 putts over the 2 days

A full list of all scores and trophy winners can be found under the Results section of this website.

BGA 2018/19 Order of Merit

21 Nov 2019

BGA's 2018/19 Order of Merit concluded with the recent BGNSW Open played at the tough Liverpool course.

The winner of the second BGA Order of Merit Medal was Brad Carver Qld B3 with a total score of 78.16 points. David Blyth Vic B1 won the inaugural OOM medal in 2016/17. Brad was presented with his medal at the completion of the 2019 BGNSW Open

Congratulations to Brad who participated and performed very well in most of the national and state events in the last 2 years.

Brad held off the fast finishing Glenn Niciejewski B1 also from Queensland who completed with 73.54 points

Graham Coulton NSW B2 finished 3rd with 68.5 points. Rod Mills NSW B3 finished 4th with 61.5 points and Gary Sargent B2 NSW 5th with 60.5 points

The pleasing aspect of the 2018/19 OOM was that 29 players Australia wide earned points during the last 2 years in a competition which is now solely performance based .

The final placings in the 2018/19 OOM will be the basis of the Australian team selection for the 2020 ISPS HANDA World Championships to be held in South Africa.

Full details of the final OOM placings can be found on this website under Order of Merit.

Mark Eschbank wins 2019 Japan Open, Jenny Abela wins ladies stableford

A contingent of 7 Australian blind and vision impaired golfers and their caddies headed to Japan immediately after the 2019 Australian Open to participate in the 2019 ISPS HANDA Japan Open. The golfers were

WA Ron Anderson, NSW Jenny Abela, Graham Coulton , Stephen Mitchell and Mark Eschbank and Qld Brad Carver and Glenn Niciejewski

The event was played at Hakonekohen Golf Course near Mt Fuji on September 18/19

The course obviously suited Mark Eschbank and Caddy Michael Clemens ( maybe reminded Mark of Mt Gilbralter course where he plays a lot of his golf) as Mark had an almost unbelievable net 57 on the first day followed by an excellent net 68 on day 2 for a total of net 125 . In second place was Inchon Cho from Korea with net 131. Congratulations Mark

Congratulations also to Jenny Abela and caddy Peter North who won the ladies Stableford

ABC Video on Blind Golf

A short interview by the ABC with Graham Coulton and his caddy Sue Carpenter can be seen in the video section of this website

2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Open

The 2019 ISPS HANDA BGA Australian Open was staged at Collier Park Pines/Island course ( Perth ) on September 12/13. There was a pleasing entry of 20 Australian players but we are still having difficulties attracting international players to our major event - distance/cost are issues . There were some excellent scores with 4 players equalling or beating net par over the two days.

With a remarkable last 9 holes B1 Glenn Niciejewski ( Qld) and his caddy Peter Harrington got up to become the 2019 Australian Champion with a net 135 . Courtesy of Golf Australia Glenn’s thoughts on winning this event can be read in the Articles section of this website . Congratulations to Glenn and Peter who have been working very hard on Glenn’s golf .

After his second in the WA Open earlier in the week, the unlucky Graham Coulton NSW and his caddy Sue Carpenter again finished runner up again with an excellent net 138.

Jeff Ellis (Vic) and his caddy wife Maureen won the Australian gross champion event with 208

Deanna Minciullo WA and caddy husband Clarrie won the Ladies net championship with net 148

Glenn Niciejewski was the B1 Champion, Graham Coulton the B2 Champion and Mark Eschbank NSW with caddy James O’Hanlon was the B3 Champion with 144 net

2019 Western Australian Open

20 Sep 2019

The 2019 Western Australian Open was played at the Collier Park (Perth) Pines /Island course on September 9/10. This year the WA Open attracted a very good field of 18 blind/vision impaired golfers from every mainland state.

The highlight of the tournament was a hole in one by a relatively new blind golfer in Peter Heinrich (WA) who “aced” the 11th hole. With acknowledgment to Golf Australia, there is a full description of Peter’s feat in the Articles section of the website. As far as we can ascertain, Peter’s “ace” was the first achieved by a blind/vision impaired golfer in a major tournament in Australia. Overall our blind golfers have now achieved 9 holes in one -an amazing effort!

The winner was Brad Carver (Qld) with his caddy (and grandson) Josiah Gilbert with a great score of 81 points. Brad previously won this event in 2017 and was also runner up in 2016

Runner up was Graham Coulton (NSW) with his long-time caddy Sue Carpenter with a very good score of 73 points.

Glenn Niciejewski(Qld) and his caddy Peter Harrington won the B1 sight category with another very good score of 72 points. The B2 winner was Malcolm Elliott (WA) and his caddy Kevin Williamson with yet another excellent score of 73 points. Finally, the B3 winner was Robert (Bear) Curtin (SA) and his caddy Jim Crawford with certainly his best score in recent years of 70 points-and also certainly his best finish for 15 years at least.

Full details of all the prize winners and the complete scores can be found under Western Australian Tournaments in the Results section of this website.

Results for 2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Open

17 Sep 2019

Trophy Winners and Scores for the 2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championships, played at Collier Park Pines/Island Course Perth, September 12/13 2019, are now available in the Australian Open Tournament Results section.

Articles

17 Sep 2019

Peter Heinrich scores a Hole in One at the 2019 WA Open.

Glen Niciejewski wins 2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

New BGA Member - Blind Golf Queensland

31 Mar 2019

In 2016, BGA decided to conduct the first Queensland blind golf open at Virginia GC with the aim of establishing blind golf in Queensland . In a little over 3 years with a lot of hard work from a lot of people, Blind Golf Queensland was incorporated in January 2019 with 8 members and had its application for full membership of BGA approved by a General meeting of BGA members in March. Initial office bearers are Brad Carver, President, Glenn Niciejewski Vice President, Glen Baxter Secretary and Steve Art Treasurer. If you require more details on blind golf in Queensland please contact Glen Baxter email glenbaxter@gmail.com

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.