Blind Golf Australia (BGA) staged the inaugural Queensland Open Blind Golf Championship this month at the Virginia Golf Club.
The Queensland event complemented similar events held in other states and the Australia Open Championships and the Australian Stableford Championships currently held in Adelaide.
Blind golf is played in 17 countries. In Australia there are about 50 blind/vision impaired golfers who complete regularly in blind golf events – 22 of these golfers have an international golf handicap.
Blind Golf is played under the Rules of Golf with a few minor modifications. It is played in three sight categories – B1 totally blind, B2 little vision and B3, a little more vision – and all are legally blind in Australia. Each blind golfer has a caddy or guide who assists in various ways such as locating the ball, judging distances, and club selection. (Source: Blind Golf Australia.)
Several Aspley Rotary members volunteered to be caddies for the inaugural event and Graham Brighton reported that John Thompson did a good job arranging seven caddies to assist them over the two days (Monday and Tuesday) and a special acknowledgement of the Rotary caddies was made at the presentation this afternoon. Those who caddied were:
Robyn and Graham Brighton, and
Len Smyth (Carseldine Probus Club).
Graham reported that Robin Bechly brought home the winner and received a caddy’s prize at the presentation. Graham said “The organisers were thankful for the assistance of those from our Rotary club (including Len) and asked if we would be interested in assisting again next year if they can organise a 2017 Open at Virginia. We obviously said “yes”.”