WA Blind Golf Open August 2016

The WABGA has announced details of the WA Blind Golf Open Championship which is taking place at Collier Park on Monday 15th August. This is a one day, 18 hole Stableford Competition at this picturesque and challenging 27 hole international standard public golf course which has been the home of the WA Blind Golf Open for many years.
Entries are now open with a closing date of 1st August.

The entry form can be downloaded WA Blind Golf Open Entry Form 2016

The WABGA are hoping for a large turnout as the competition is on just before the Australian Open which is on the 17th and 18th August at Wembley Golf Course, Perth WA.

A successful start to the new golf season for the WABGA

The first phase of the Western Australian Blind Golf Development Programme proudly supported by the WA Golf Foundation took place in February and March and was enthusiastically received by all who took part. Week 1 covered the basic swing using the driving range; Week 2 covered chipping and pitching with Week 3 covering putting. Programmes were run both at Wembley Golf Course by Andrew Thomas, and at Collier Park by Gavin Fontaine. The WABGA would like to thank the WA Golf Foundation for their generous support for the game of blind golf.
There will be more coaching through the season, with places for anyone who wishes to join the WABGA and play blind golf. Contact us for more details

Wembley Golf Clinic Feb 2016 - low res

WA Golf Foundation to support Blind Golf Development Programme

The WABGA is delighted that the WA Golf Foundation will be supporting the Western Australian Blind Golf Development Programme for 2016. The programme will enable Western Australian Blind Golfers to improve their golfing skills with a series of training and coaching sessions to be held right across the season in 2016.

Wendy Davidson, Secretary of the WABGA says “we are delighted that the WA Golf Foundation will be supporting the development of the game for blind golfers. The Australian Blind Golf Open will be held in Western Australia in 2016, and several of our golfers are planning to play in the World Championships to be held in Japan. We are confident that this programme will lead to more success.”

WA Blind Golf Championship winners

The Western Australian Blind Golf Association welcomed 14 golfers, half from the eastern states to the WABGA Blind Golf Open Championship which took place at Collier Park on the 15th and 16th October 2015.
In a spirit of tremendous camaraderie the competition was hotly contested. Stephen Mitchell from NSW was the overall winner on 78 points ably assisted by his caddy from the WABGA, Chris Roberts. Deanna Minciullo was runner up with caddying by Clarrie Minciullo.

John White awarding the WABGA Open trophy to winning golfer Stephen Mitchell and caddy Chris Roberts

David Blyth from Victoria with caddy Garry McInnes won the B1 category; Alan Rustand from WA with his caddy James O’Hanlon did the honours for the B2 golfers; and the B3 category was won by Doug Burrows. Both Doug’s wife and daughter caddied for him across the two days of competition.

Earlier in the week 10 golfers had warmed up for the WABGA Blind Golf Open by playing two days of competition for the WA Ron Anderson Masters Trophy. This was won by Deanna Minciullo caddied by Clarrie Minciullo from WA.
Ross Thompson, outgoing President of the WABGA said that both the Championship and Masters had shown the true spirit of Blind Golf with some excellent golf played in a spirit of friendly rivalry. ‘We were delighted that we had such a strong field, and thank all those who came over from Victoria and New South Wales to play’.

Ron Anderson awarding the WA Masters trophy to Deanna Minciullo assisted by caddy Clarrie Minciullo

VIP guests were very welcome at the prize ceremony including John White, Dr Handa’s representative and Debra Barnes, Executive Manager, Operations of VisAbility. Also present were Doug Sloan, President of Blind Golf Australia and David Blyth Chair of Blind Sports Australia. All players and caddies had the chance to socialise over a drink and refreshments as a fitting end to a highly successful tournament.

Full results are shown on the How can I play? page.

18 hole game at Wembley Golf Course

In addition to our monthly 18 hole games at Collier Park Golf Course, we will be holding an 18 hole game at Wembley Golf Course on Friday 3rd July 2015.

WABGA Club Championship underway!

The inaugural WABGA Club Championship commenced on Friday 24th April with the second round on Friday 1st May.  We had a great turn out and look forward to announcing the winners shortly!

WABGA Club Championship 2015

Golf Clinics a huge success

A series of golf clinics were held at Collier Park Golf Course in Perth in February / March.  These were well attended by both golfers and caddies. Collier Park Golf Clinic April 2015We would like to thank Gavin Fontaine of Collier Park for his professionalism and enthusiasm.  We would also like to thank Clive Langley of XLT whose donation made this possible.

The golf clinics covered a wide variety of golf and caddying skills – including grip, putting, chipping and bunkers.  They were a huge success and the WABGA is planning to continue a series of monthly clinics throughout the season.

Collier Park Golf Clinic April 2015

WABGA golfers perform well at major championships

For the first time the 2015 ISPS HANDA BGA Australian Open held in April 2015 was staged in Victoria at Rosebud Country Club, preceded by the Victorian Open. The WABGA fielded a strong team and we congratulate the following winners.

Victorian Open 2015

Ladies Champion                  Jenny McCallum                 Caddy: Ian McCallum

B2 Runner Up                        John White                           Caddy: Gaye White

 

Australian Open 2015

Runner Up                                Jenny McCallum                  Caddy: Ian McCallum

Women’s Lady Champion        Deanna Minciullo                Caddy: Clarrie Minciullo

B2 Net Winner                          Malcolm Elliott                    Caddy: Dan Wakeling

B3 Net Winner                           Doug Burrows                      Caddy: Ron Lovett

WABGA stars on Channel 9!

Members of the Western Australian Blind Golf Association who took part in a pre-season golf clinic featured on a report on Channel 9 News Perth this morning (5th March).  If you missed it, the link is here

If you would like to play or caddie for blind golf then please get in touch!  Email wendy@wabga.org.au for more details.

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.