Late Breaking News

23 Sep 2019

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

News

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.

2019 NSW Open

20 Sep 2019

The 2019 NSW Blind Golf Open Championships will be staged for the first time at Liverpool Golf Club ( Western Sydney) on November 12/13. The entry form has been circulated and entries close with Graham Coulton on October 11. This is the last event for the BGA 2018/19 Order of Merit -final placings in the OOM will determine Australia's team for the World Championships in South Africa in 2020.

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.

New articles

17 Sep 2019

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

Glen Niciejewski wins 2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Open.

2018/19 Order of Merit

17 Sep 2019

The BGA Order of Merit has been updated after the 2019 WA Open and the 2019 ISPS HANDA Australian Open . There has been a change at the top with Brad Carver Qld the new leader with 67.16 points. Graham Coulton NSW with his close finishes in Perth is now second with 65.5 points from Rod Mills NSW 61.5, the fast finishing Glen Niciejewski Qld 61.34 and Gary Sargent NSW 57.5. The NSW Open to be held at Liverpool Golf Club on November 12/13 will be the final event of the 2018/19 Order of Merit -and final placings will be used to select our team for the 2020 World Championships in South Africa.

Full details are available under order of merit Order of Merit.

Handicaps

6 September 2019

Updated BGA handicaps as at August 31st 2019 are now available. You will find them at Handicaps.

Coming Events

5 Jun 2019

The National and International Event Calendar has been updated.

2019 Australian Stableford Championships -Adelaide

28 May 2019

BGA staged our 2019 Australian Stableford Championships at the renamed Adelaide Shores course ( now called West Beach Parks Patawalonga course ) on May 16/17. A reasonable field of 14 competed including first time entrant Cameron Reid from South Australia.

Some excellent scores were recorded over the 2 days The best scores were on the second day with Mark Eschbank scoring 42 points, Glenn Niciejewski 40 points, Michelle Watts 39 points and Brad Carver 37 points all beating their handicap.

The overall winner was Michele Watts (NSW) and her caddy Jan Freed with a great 75 points. Three players had a total of 73 points with Mark Eschbank (NSW) and his caddy Michael Clemens winning the Runner Up trophy on a countback from Glenn Niciejewski and Brad Carver.

Glenn Niciejewski (Qld) and his caddy Mark Tookey won the B1 event with 73 points from the "ageless" David Blyth( Vic) and his caddy Gary McInnes with 51 points.

Gary Sargent (NSW) and his caddy Eileen Sargent was the B2 winner with 65 points with Jenny Abela (NSW) and her caddy Peter North second with 54 points. Brad Carver( Qld) with his caddy Paula Carver won B3 with 73 points from Rod Mills (NSW) and his caddy Andrew Breuer with 65 points.

Nearest the pins were shared around -Jeff Ellis ( Vic) , Mark Eschbank (NSW), Jenny Abela, Michele Watts both NSW.

BGA again thanks Arthur Wade for acting as referee for both days.

Full details are available in the Results section of this website.

New Rules of Golf

28 May 2019

The new rules of golf commenced on January 1 2019. All blind golf events in Australia are being played under the new rules without any issues.

Explanation of all the changes can be found by going to Golf Australia’s website (2019 Rules of Golf ).

Golf’s New Rules

All blind golf events in Australia will be played under the new rules from January 1 2019 . It is the responsibility of individual players and their caddies or guides ( or aides) to have a full understanding of the new rules.

Glenn Niciejewski easy winner of 2019 BGV Victorian Open

31 Mar 2019

The 2019 BGV Victorian Open was played at Rosebud Country Club South Course on March 25/26 with a good field of 19 blind/vision impaired golfers. BGV once again expresses sincere thanks to the Rosebud Country Club for their invaluable assistance over 29 years .

Congratulations to Glenn Niciejewski (Qld) and his caddy Peter Harrington who had a wonderful score of 85 points over the two days ( 13 under Glenn’s handicap) to easily be the Victorian Open winner. Glenn is a B1( totally blind) and has been working very hard on his golf.

Gary Sargent (NSW) , the 2018 winner, was runner up with 71 points on a count back from Brad Carver (Qld) . Doug Sloan ( Vic) won the B1 trophy with David Blyth (Vic) runner up. Stephen Mitchell and Graham Coulton both NSW won the B2 winner/runner up trophies. Brad Carver (Qld) won the B3 trophy with Jeff Ellis (Vic) runner up

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

Blind Golf in South Australia

31 Mar 2019

The process to resurrect blind golf in South Australia is making great progress with a Committee formed and incorporation now under way . For more details please contact Cameron Reid email Djcruiser@protonmail.com . BGA is conducting the Australian Stableford Championships at Adelaide Shores GC in May and it is hoped to have several SA new members participate

BGA Annual General Meeting

22 Oct 2018

The 2018 BGA AGM was held on October 16. Office bearers elected for the next year were Doug Sloan Vic President, David Martin WA Vice President, Peter North Vic Secretary/ Treasurer, John Hayward NSW and Stephen Jackson NSW Directors, with Geoff Walsh Vic subsequently being appointed by the new Board as Handicapper/Director

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.