End of Season game with Westerners Blind Golf

Our end of season game was a great 4 man Ambrose with the Westerners Blind Golf Club held at Maylands on 10th November 2017. A field of 10 blind golfers (5 from the Westerners and 5 from WABGA) accompanied by their caddies played in near perfect conditions. There were some excellent performances played in a terrific spirit of camaraderie. Honours went to Nick (Westerners) and Ron Anderson (WABGA) with caddies Bob (Westerners) and James O’Hanlon (WABGA).
The winning team - low res

WA Blind Golf Open winners announced!

The Western Australian Blind Golf Open took place on September 7th and 8th at Collier Park Golf Course in Perth. 12 golfers competed for honours on two great days of golf. Brad Carver from Queensland followed up on his win at last year’s Australian Open held in WA with a win in the WA Open in 2017. Again, Brad was ably assisted by his grandson Josiah Gilbert as caddy.

Brad Carver with caddie Josiah Gilbert receiving their trophy from Dave Martin, Debra Barnes and John White

Brad Carver with caddie Josiah Gilbert receiving their trophy from Dave Martin, Debra Barnes and John White

Brad won the championship with a score of 75. Runner up was Dave Martin with caddy Chris Roberts on 71.

David Blyth with Gary McInnes won the B1 category on 64 beating his long time rival Doug Sloan, President of Blind Golf Australia to the runner’s up spot. Doug’s caddie was Jo Delaney.

In the B2 category John White with his caddie Ross Thompson were winners as they were in 2016 with a score of 68. Gary Sargent was runner up with his wife Eileen Sargent.

It was also kept in the family with Doug Burrows winning the B3 category assisted by daughter Lynley on 64.

All golfers and caddies at the 2017 WA Blind Golf Open

All golfers and caddies at the 2017 WA Blind Golf Open

Volunteer Opportunity – Grants and Funding Manager

Do you have fundraising skills that would help us and would like to volunteer?

The Western Australian Blind Golf Association promotes the game of golf amongst blind and vision impaired people and runs a lively programme of weekly golf, and national and international tournaments.

We need someone to research grant funding sources that would be applicable to our organisation, and to develop applications in order to underpin the work we do.

If you have some previous experience; good computer skills and strong communication skills – then we would love to hear from you. Knowledge of golf is not mandatory, but is useful!  Contact our Secretary on wendy@wabga.org.au for more details.

Pre Season Golf Clinics underway

The first pre season golf clinic took place at Collier Park on Tuesday 3rd February and was enjoyed by all.

Golf Clinic at Collier Park Feb 2015

Golf Clinic in Action Feb 2015

Dates of WA Blind Golf Masters and WA Blind Golf Open confirmed

The dates of the WA Blind Golf Masters and WA Blind Golf Open are confirmed.  The WA Masters will now be a two day event on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October with the WA Open on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October.  Further details including entry forms to follow.

2015 Fixture List released

The 2015 Fixture List for the Western Australian Blind Golf Association has been released for the upcoming season and can be downloaded here.  The first game of the season is at Wembley Golf Course, Perth on Friday 6th March.

Golf clinic for absolute beginners to run in March 2015

The WABGA is running a 6 week course in March 2015 suitable for anyone that feels they may be interested in the game of blind golf.  It is suitable for those that have never have held a golf club before, or have played a little. We will help you to find your feet on the golf course and decide if this is a game for you!

The course will run at Collier Park over 6 weeks and introduce you to all aspects of the game.  We will provide all equipment, and the services of a professional golf pro who has worked with blind golfers.  We will also provide experienced caddies to assist.  The course will cost $10 per week with funding support from the WABGA. There will be a pre-course meeting to discuss all aspects of the programme; sort out your equipment needs and meet with the golf professional and members of the Western Australian Blind Golf Association on Thursday 5th March at VisAbility in Victoria Park at 3.30pm

If you feel this could be for you, or someone you know, then we would love to discuss with you and answer any questions you may have. Please email wendy@wabga.org.au and we will get back to you with further details.

Would you like to join our team of caddies?

We have had a great season in 2014 when not only did our golfers win the Men’s Blind Golf World Championship, Ladies’ Blind Golf World Championship and the National Stableford – but we also had a great turn out to our weekly golf games.  We are looking to expand and are looking to recruit new caddies to assist our blind golfers.  If you have a love of the game, and some spare time on Fridays between March and November – then this could be a very rewarding and enjoyable way to enable a vision impaired person to get the most out of their game.

We are running training for new caddies during February and March with our playing season kicking off on the 6th March 2015.  We play weekly at Wembley, and monthly at Collier Park.  If you are interested, please send brief details including a phone number to our Secretary at wendy@wabga.org.au. We will ring you back and talk through more details to see if this could be the opportunity for you.

Pre-Season Training for WABGA members in February 2015

The WABGA has developed up a pre-season training programme with Gavin Fontaine, the golf professional at Collier Park.  The programme is a 5 week course for golfers and caddies as follows:

Week 1.  Short game – chipping, technique and distance control

Week 2.  Swing – iron play including pitching

Week 3.  Bunker play

Week 4.  Putting – short and long distances

Week 5.  Driving and iron play from uneven lines (uphill, downhill and sidehill)

A 9 hole round of golf will follow to practice!

The dates proposed are from Tuesday 3rd February to Tuesday 3rd March at Collier Park.  Further details from wendy@wabga.org.au

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS

We have been pleased to welcome some new members to the WABGA in recent months, but we have room for more!

If you now find that you have problems spotting the ball and want to play golf in a supportive environment of like-minded people – then the WABGA could be for you.

We play a 9 hole game at Wembley, North Perth every week and a monthly 18 hole game at Collier Park, South Perth.  Members can play towards an IBGA handicap enabling them to play in State, National or International tournaments – or just simply come to enjoy a social game.  We have caddies that can assist.

Please email wendy@wabga.org.au or ring 6364 0355 to find out more