'JC' wins 2017 Blind Golf VIC Open

www.insidegolf.com.au/events May 2017

BRIAN "JC" Gear from Victoria, with his caddie Garrett Sloan, played an outstanding second round to win the 2017 Blind Golf Victoria Open Championship played at Rosebud Country Club in March.

Brian who is a B2 player on a handicap of 36 played a solid first round scoring 38 stableford points to trail overnight leader Gary Sargent from NSW by 9 points. Gary, who is a B2 player on a 35 handicap, with his wife Eileen as caddie played one of the most outstanding rounds of golf in the blind golf world scoring 47 points on Day 1. Brian scored 43 points in the second round to take the title from runner-up Jeff Ellis (VIC) on 73 points overall. Jeff is a B3 player on a handicap of 28 with his wife Maureen as his caddie.

Winner of the B1 title was David Blyth (VIC - handicap 54) with a score of 66 points with Gary McInnes as his caddie. The B2 title went to Graham Coulton (NSW - handicap 40) helped by caddie Sue Carpenter with a score of 70 points, while Rod Mills (NSW - handicap 31) with his caddies Sandra Saunders and Cliff Richards took out the B3 title with 59 points.

Two totally blind golfers in David Blyth and Doug Sloan took out the straightest drive on Day 1 and Day 2 respectively, proving you don't have to see it to hit it straight.

Marilyn Mills and Jenny Abela from NSW, and Kay Hancock from VIC also played in the event but no ladies award was presented because of the small number of participants in that section.

Mr Doug Sloan, President of Blind Golf Victoria thanked the Rosebud Country Club for allowing the staging of the event for the 26th year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone wishing to offer charitable support to the blind golf community. Blind golf is open to people of all ages and is a perfect avenue for those club golfers who are experiencing some sight loss to stay involved in our great game.

Blind golf has 3 sight categories; B1, B2 and B3 which relate to how much sight a player has.

B1 players are totally blind.