WA Blind Golf Open Results!

The Western Australian Blind Golf Association welcomed 21 golfers to the WABGA Blind Golf Open Championship which took place at Collier Park on the 15th August 2016. For the first time, there were golfers from 5 states competing, with eastern states competitors comprising just over half the field.

The golfers waiting at the first tee

The golfers waiting at the first tee

On a day of mixed weather – bright sunshine, heavy cloud and squally showers – scores were very competitive. Jenny McCallum of WA was the overall winner on 37 points ably assisted by her husband Ian as caddie. The runner up also kept it in the family – Brad Carver of Queensland was hot on Jenny’s heels scoring 37 and only losing on a countback – and was assisted by his young grandson Josiah Gilbert as caddie. This was Brad’s first blind golf tournament as the sport just starts up in Queensland.

Doug Sloan, President of Blind Golf Australia from Victoria, won the B1 Category beating his long-time rival David Blyth from Victoria to the runner’s up spot.

Doug Sloan and his caddie Jo Delaney

Doug Sloan and his caddie Jo Delaney

Jo Delaney caddied for Doug and Gary McInnes for David. John White from WA with his caddie Ross Thompson won the B2 category, David Martin from WA (also competing in his first blind golf tournament) with caddie Chris Roberts was runner up. In the B3 category, Doug Burrows from WA won with his daughter Lynley as caddie and Rob Curtin from South Australia with WA caddie Kevin Williams were runners up.
Doug Golding and his caddie Dilys Hughes

Doug Golding and his caddie Dilys Hughes


Gerry Brown, President of the WABGA reflected on a great day where the true spirit of Blind Golf was shown. ‘We were delighted that we had such a strong field, and thank all those who came over from the eastern states to play’.

The majority of the golfers are having a well-deserved day off on Tuesday before going on to compete for the Australian Blind Golf Open at Wembley Golf Course on the 17th and 18th August.

Jenny McCallum and caddy Ian McCallum receiving their trophies from Doug Golding

Jenny McCallum and caddy Ian McCallum receiving their trophies from Doug Golding

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