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2017 ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN BLIND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP and 2017 NSW BLIND GOLF OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

2017 ISPS HANDA AUSTRALIAN BLIND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Report:

The 2017 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championship was played at the prestigious Royal Sydney Golf Club on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 October. The administrators of Blind Golf Australia, and Blind Golf NSW, were most grateful to the Royal Sydney Golf Club for allowing the field of twenty-nine blind golfers and their caddies the experience of two rounds of golf on this magnificent golf course.

The overall nett winner was Michele Watts from NSW playing in her first blind golf tournament. Michele, who is a B3 player on a handicap of 42, had a most experienced caddy on her bag in Bob Grant. She shot a nett 81 on the first day and came out on the second day firing a stunning nett 69 to take out the title. She also won the Ladies Championship and the B3 title.

The B1 title was won by Doug Sloan from Victoria with a combined nett of 198 on a handicap of 54 with his caddy Jo Delaney.

The B2 title was taken out by Deanna Minciullo from WA (handicap 40) with nett 169 and her husband Clarrie as her caddie.

The NSW Open and the Australian Open was supported by three international players in Carol Brill from Ireland, Keifer Jones from Canada, Andy Sellars from England. Carol had a local caddie Lachy Foulshan, Andy had his work colleague Neil Thompson as caddie and Keifer's mother Deb totally enjoyed the experience of caddying for her son who is an amazingly talented young man.

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2017 NSW BLIND GOLF OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The Bankstown Golf Club was for the second year running the backdrop for the 2017 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open Championship played on 5 and 6 October. Local, Rod Mills with his brother Mike as his caddie added yet another notch to his belt in winning this title. Rod, who is in the B3 sight category on a handicap of 33, is a very good golfer with an amazing short game and high putting skills. He shot an impressive nett 74 on Day 1 and followed it up with 76 on Day 2. Congratulations to Rod and Mike.

David Blyth (VIC - handicap 54), with Gary McInnes as his caddie, shot a combined nett 194 to win the B1 championship.

Consistent performer, Stephen Mitchell from NSW (handicap 25), with Ian Seckold as his caddie, shot a combined nett of 151 to win the B2 title.

The B3 title went to Jeff Ellis (VIC - handicap 26) with his wife Maureen as his caddie, shooting a nett 162 over the two rounds.

The winner of the best gross award was Keifer Jones from Canada (B3 handicap 5 - yes 5) with his mother Deb Frey as his caddie, shooting 81 off the stick on Day 1 and 80 on Day 2. He also won the Erik Royds Perpetual Trophy for the least putts, with only 62 putts over the two days. Keifer will certainly be a strong contender in future World Championship events.

Jenny McCallum from WA (B2 - handicap 32) with her husband Ian as caddie won the Ladies nett title.

President of Blind Golf NSW, Mr John Hayward, thanked the Bankstown GC for the use of the course, and all the players and caddies for supporting the event.

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