Welcome to International Blind Golf Association [IBGA]
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest news and events including the results of recent tournaments can be enjoyed on the pages of the website.
2023 IBGA Board Meeting and Decisions Update
The annual Board meeting summary has been posted on the site with some of the key decisons involving the election of board members, the dates of the 2025 ISPS Handa Canadian Open and IBGA World Championships and Constitution adjustments.
The document is online and can be downloaded at the following link and from the ABOUT US PAGE.
2023 IBGA Chairmans Report
The 2023 Chairmans Report has been uploaded to the website and can be downloaded at the following link or from the ABOUT US PAGE.
IBGA Sight Classification - Trial
The issue of the possible extension of the definition of eligible sight loss for access to IBGA-sponsored events was discussed at the 2023 Biennial Meeting.
The report document is online and can be downloaded at the following link and from the ABOUT US PAGE.
IBGA Constitution 2023
The IBGA Constitution 2023 version is online and can be downloaded at the following link and from the IBGA CONSTITUTION PAGE.
2023 ISPS Handa British Blind Golf Open Results
July 9-July 13, 2023 The Lake Golf Course, Belton Woods Hotel
Results are now online.
2023 ISPS Handa Spanish Blind Golf Open Results
June 9th to 13th Elba Palace Golf Resort, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Results are now online.
2023 ISPS Handa US Blind Golf Open Results
Held on March 20 - 22 2023 at Green Island Country Club in Columbus, GA.
Results are now online.
Updated Directors List
The current list of IBGA Directors is now online for 2023
2023 IBGA World Championships and South African Open
March 28 - 31 2023 Milnerton Golf Club Cape Town South Africa
Report and Results are now online!
2023 ISPS Handa Irish Open
10th - 14th September 2023 at MOUNT WOLSELEY HOTEL; Spa and Golf Resort - Tullow, Co Carlow, Ireland
Closing Date for Entries 31st of June 2023
2023 ISPS Handa Spanish Open
9 June - 13 June 2023 at Elba Palace Golf Resort, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Closing Date for Entries now 5 April 2023
First Time Event: Scandinavian Blind Golf Open
14 - 16 August 2023 at Sollentuna Golf Club, Stockholm Sweden
Closing Date for Entries 28th of February 2023
We Welcome Sweden and Dominican Republic as Full Members of IBGA
Dominican Republic has been upgraded from Associate Membership while we welcome Sweden as a new Member.
Updated IBGA Handicap Policy 2023 Now Available Online
The IBGA Handicap Policy 2023 can now be downloaded in PDF.
2022 IBGA Vision Cup Results
On September 19 to 22 2022 TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA succesfully hosted the 2022 Visions Cup Matchplay between North America versus Rest of the World.
Updated IBGA Sponsorship Request Form
The December 2022 updated IBGA Sponsorship Request Form can now be downloaded in WORD or PDF.
Available also now in Spanish.
2023 ISPS Handa British Open
July 9-July 13, 2023 at The Lake Golf Course, Belton Woods Hotel
NOTE: Closing Date for Entries December 31 2022
2023 ISPS Handa Canadian Open and Brian MacLeod Memorial
August 20th to 25th at Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
2023 AMI WCBGA Championships
July 16-July 20, 2023 at The Legends Golf Club, Warman Saskatchewan
2023 ISPS Handa Australian Blind Golf Open
9th & 10th March at Rosebud Country Club
IBGA Player Sight Database
The 'Player Sight Database' is now to be called the 'Sight Classification List' and is found on the WHS Website.
IBGA World Championships - 2023
March 26 - 31 2023. Venue: Milnerton Golf Club Cape Town South Africa
Updated Forms on Website
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW VIDEO: Vision Sports Ireland James Joyce Art and Essay Competition Launch
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."