Blind Golf Australia – Core Document 4

Contents

INTRODUCTION
COMMENCEMENT
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BGA MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
RESPONSIBILITIES OF BGA SECRETARY/TREASURER
SIGHT CLASSIFICATION CATEGORIES

(Updated following the BGA Board Meeting May 13 2015 and Ratified at the BGA Board Meeting June 7 2017)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Blind Golf Australia (BGA) has devised this policy to ensure that all blind golfers are participating on a fair and equitable basis.
    2. Until the introduction of this Policy, there have only been three sight classification categories in line with IBGA requirements (i.e. B1, B2 & B3).
    3. In recent times there have been many issues raised in respect to the determination of the eligibility of blind golfers to compete in local, national and international competitions..
    4. At the BGA Annual General Meeting on 23 April, 2008, it was determined to introduce a B4 category on a twelve month trial basis in an attempt to:
      a) To gain the interest of those blind/vision impaired golfers that currently do not comply with IBGA sight classification requirements.
      b) Increase the number of blind/vision impaired golfers currently participating in BGA and BGA Member Organisation sanctioned events across Australia.
      c) At the BGA Board Meeting May 13 2015, it was agreed to continue with the B4 sight category indefinitely.
    5. B4 players will be eligible to play local and State events and will also be permitted to play the major WA, VIC, NSW, Qld Opens and the Australian Stableford event (not the Australian Open as it is an IBGA sanctioned event).
    6. B4 players will be eligible to win their own sight category only in the major WA, VIC, NSW, Qld Opens and the Australian Stableford event. The overall winner can only be a B1, B2 or B3 player.
    7. B4 players will not be eligible for category awards unless there are at least 3 B4 players participating in any one tournament.
    8. B4 players will not be eligible for inclusion on the BGA Order of Merit.
    9. B4 players will not be eligible for international selection.
  2. COMMENCEMENT
    1. The BGA Sight Classification Policy came into operation for all ABGA Sanctioned blind golfers and tournaments effective from 1 August, 2008.
    2. The BGA Sight Classification Policy is to be used for all BGA Sanctioned tournaments.
    3. The BGA Sight Classification Policies B4 category will continue to operate indefinitely.
  3. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BGA MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
    1. Each BGA Member organisation shall provide the BGA Handicapper with the full scores/results of their BGA Sanctioned tournament within 14 days of the completion of that tournament.
    2. Each BGA Member organisation shall provide the BGA Secretary/Treasurer with the original IBGA/BGA sight classification documents for any new or re-classified players within 14 days of the completion of any new test.
  4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF BGA SECRETARY/TREASURER
    1. The BGA Secretary/Treasurer shall check all relevant sight classification documentation and forward to IBGA (if required) in line with IBGA policy.
    2. The BGA Secretary/Treasurer shall provide all BGA Member organisations with the updated list of sight classification standings at appropriate times.
  5. SIGHT CLASSIFICATION CATEGORIES
    1. BGA registered blind golfers only shall be permitted to compete in any BGA Sanctioned tournament provided they comply with the approved BGA sight classification categories.
    2. The IBGA grandfather clause is still valid for those players previously registered either as a B2 with a visual acuity of 2/60 (prior to 1 May, 2006) or a B3 with a visual acuity of 6/60 (prior to April, 2004).
    3. Field of vision is not to be taken into account in any testing.
    4. BGA sight classifications are:
    5. Category Definition Max.Handicap IBGA
      Men/Women
      B1 Totally blind up until light perception 54/63
      B2 From recognition of black square, finger counting up until less than 2/60 visual acuity 45/54
      B3 From 2/60 visual acuity up until less than 6/60 visual acuity 36/45
      B4 From 6/60 visual acuity up until and including 6/36 visual acuity 36/45