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IMPORTANT NOTICE! JUNE 14 2022 - NEW CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT - CLICK OR SEE BELOW

Photo of Blind Golfer Driving off Tee Although there have been blind golf tournaments held since the early 1950's the International Blind Golf Association was officially founded in 1998. This came about through the efforts of Dr. Haruhisa Handa (now Honorary President of IBGA) who arranged meetings in Australia and the United States which resulted in bringing together six countries that were each following their own programme. The number of member countries has grown steadily ever since, allowing for a growth in the participation of sight impaired golfers in tournaments all around the world

Currently there are over 400 registered IBGA players and many more playing who are not yet registered. The number is growing all the time.

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Blind Golf

Photo of Blind Golfer with Coach at Tee Blind Golf is played strictly to the Rules of Golf produced by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) and United States Golf Association (USGA). They have published "A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities". This allows blind golfers to ground their club in a hazard and their coach/guide to stand on the line of the shot without penalty while the shot is played.

Competitions can be played off scratch within each sight category or off handicap across all sight categories. The IBGA has developed a Handicap Scheme that is operated by all member associations and is used for international competition.

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STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS JUNE 14 2022

Little did we realise that when we issued our last statement on Corona Virus (1 April 2020) that the threat it poses would still be with us - although much reduced - some two years later.

The IBGA is happy to provide sponsorship for blind golf events. However, we encourage associations to remain vigilant. Should the Corona Virus situation pose a threat in a country hosing an IBGA-sponsored event, associations are encouraged to take appropriate action. This could include requiring all participants to be suitably vaccinated or possibly postponing the event, etc.

To allow individuals enough time to cancel travel arrangements, and associations enough time to cancel hotel/course bookings, etc., we require associations to advise us at least 10 weeks prior to an event if they intend to postpone/cancel.

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R&A Women in Golf Charter

The IBGA fully supports the R&A Women in Golf Charter and is committed to increasing the number of women and girls involved in the various aspects of blind golf, including playing, guiding and administering. We encourage all of our member associations to do likewise.

Member Countries

Photo of Blind Golf Association Members Dinner Members of IBGA are now spread right around the world on all continents after the forging in 1998 of an association of six countries starting with Australia and the United States. With the advent of that association Blind Golf grew in popularity and is now not only played in more countries but those countries are experiencing the excitement of having Blind Golf Tournaments organised there-in with the support of the IBGA.

The Blind Golf Association Member Countries enjoy a growing database of players and supporter including Coaches and Volunteers and appreciate the opportunity to get together at official functions.

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Honorary President

Photo of Honorary President Dr Handa Dr Haruhisa Handa is the first Japanese to be appointed to the post of vice president at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), UK oldest and largest charity, in recognition of longstanding contributions to blind welfare. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Association for the Blind of Western Australia.

Dr Handa established the first Blind Golf Club in Japan in 1988, and is known to many in Japan as the "Father of Blind Golf". He serves as Honorary Chairman of the Japanese Blind Golf Association (NPO) and Honorary President of the International Blind Golf Association.

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Latest News

Photo of Blind Golfer and excited Coach laughing The latest news and events including the results of recent tournaments can be enjoyed on the pages of the website.

IBGA Player Sight Database August 26th

The Player Sight Database has been updated on August 26th and is now online

SIGHT DATABASE

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ISPS Handa Vision Cup 2022; North America Team

September 19 - 22 2022. Venue: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA.

NORTH AMERICA TEAM SELECTION


IBGA World Championships - 2023

March 26 - 31 2023. Venue: Milnerton Golf Club Cape Town South Africa

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Updated Forms on Website

DOWNLOAD UPDATED [APRIL 2022] IBGA CONSTITUTION

DOWNLOAD UPDATED [JUNE 14 2022] CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

DOWNLOAD UPDATED [APRIL 2022] VISION CUP SELECTION POLICY


Application and Sight Form Now Available in English and Spanish

The Application and Sight Form is now available in Spanish as well as English and can be downloaded as a PDF to fill in.

DOWNLOAD PDF SIGHT FORM IN SPANISH


ISPS Handa Vision Cup 2022; Updated World Team June 1st

September 19 - 22 2022. Venue: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA.

UPDATED REST OF THE WORLD TEAM SELECTION


IBGA Women In Golf

New IBGA Women In Golf Forum; this will create a fantastic platform for blind and visually impaired ladies involved in (or interested in becoming involved in) golf to come together and chat via regular Zoom meetings. It will be an opportunity to network, to share our experiences and to exchange ideas and initiatives on how any issues or obstacles for women in blind golf can be addressed and how we can make blind golf more attractive for women.

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2022 South African Open Results Online

The 2022 ISPS Handa SA Blind Golf Open and Inter-Provincial and Challenge Cup was staged at the picturesque Milnerton Golf Club in Cape Town at the end of March.

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2021 Australian and New South Wales Blind Golf Championships

31 Jan to 4 Feb 2022 - Liverpool Golf Club NSW Australia

The results for this event are now posted online at 2021 Australian and New South Wales Blind Golf Championships

DOWNLOAD AUSTRALIAN OPEN REPORT AS PDF DOCUMENT


ISPS Handa Spanish Open

May 22 - 26 2022. Venue: Centro Nacional de Golf "Emma Villacieros" - Madrid.

Information and Entry Forms for the 2022 ISPS Handa Spanish Open is now online. Entries close for this event April 1st so get in early.

SEE MORE INFORMATION AND ENTRY FORM


ISPS Handa Vision Cup 2022

September 19 - 22 2022. Venue: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA.

Participating Teams: North America versus Rest of the World Matchplay

REST OF THE WORLD TEAM SELECTION


New Policy Forms Now Online

A number of new policy forms relating to IBGA events are now online. An added page and links listing these new documents is added in the top menu.

LIST OF FORMS AND POLICIES PAGE


2022 OVIG Provincial and ISPA Handa Canadian Championship and
2022 Western Canada Blind Golf Championships

NEW ENTRY FORMS ONLINE FOR THESE TWO EVENTS: PLEASE CHECK AND DOWNLOAD

CANADIAN OPEN ENTRY FORMS UPDATED

WESTERN CANADA ENTRY FORMS UPDATED


2022 ISPS Handa US Blind Open

The 2022 ISPS Handa US Blind Open will take place April 3-6, 2022, at the King and Bear course at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida.

Information about the tournament and sign up can be obtained at USBLINDGOLF.COM or FLORIDABLINDGOLF.COM


2022 OVIG Provincial and ISPA Handa Canadian Championship

August 6th - 13th 2022 The Greens at Renton - Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

More information and Entry Forms NOW ONLINE!

INFORMATION SHEET AND ENTRY FORMS NOW ONLINE

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National Secretaries and Associate Members Update

The December 5th 20221 Board Meeting Minutes and future Biennial Meeting Notification available online.

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DOWNLOAD BIENNIAL MEETING NOTIFICAION


2022 Western Canada Blind Golf Championships

July 3rd - July 7th Inglewood Golf and Curling Club, Calgary, Alberta

INFORMATION SHEET AND ENTRY FORMS NOW ONLINE

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ISPS Handa 2021 British Blind Golf Open

23 - 25 August Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, County Antrim

SEE RESULTS NOW ONLINE


2021 IBGA South African Blind Golf Open

This event was held in early October 2021 at the Benoni Lake Golf Course.

SEE SA OPEN 20221 RESULTS


2021 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open

This event has been postponed from 14 - 20 November 2021 and rescheduled to 6 - 12 February 2022 at Liverpool Golf Club.

2021 ISPS Handa Virtual Canadian Championship

The final results of the ISPA Handa Virtual Canadian Championship are now online. We want to thank everyone for their participation. The event, which took place over a two-week period in August, was open to IBGA members worldwide. Each played two rounds at a local club of their choice, and submitted the completed scorecards to Blind Golf Canada for compilation.

SEE REULTS NOW ONLINE


Dear National Secretaries: 2021 World Championships and South African Blind Golf Event Postponed

Owing to the ongoing situation relating to COVID-19 the 2021 IBGA World Championships and 2021 South African Open have been postponed to March / April 2022.

The golf course (Milnerton Golf Club, Cape Town) and hotel (Lagoon Beach Hotel) will remain the same and all players entered for the SA Open and World Championships will be retained on the list of participants.

We firmly hope that this will be the last such postponement, and that the events will be able to proceed next March.

PLEASE VIEW MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENTS PAGE


VIDEO ONLINE

ABC TV News [Australia] has recently featured an item on Blind Golf including interviews with Graham Coulten and guide Sue Carpenter and Ron Anderson on the creating and playing of Blind Golf.

VIEW THE VIDEO NOW ONLINE


VIDEO: Sports Illustrated Shows Us How To Play Blind Golf In The USA

Sports Illustrated (SI) in the USA has made a short story/documentary on blind golf. SI has given us permission to put the story on the IBGA webpage. There are 2 versions here, 1 has an audio description for the totally blind and other does not.

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NEW VIDEO: Vision Sports Ireland James Joyce Art and Essay Competition Launch

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Special Report from Ernst Conradie from South Africa: Blind Golf Stunt!

"I have decided to do another mad stunt this year to show people that blind and visually impaired people can also play golf and that we can do it sometimes better."

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