How wonderful would it be for a Deaf golfer to win the Masters? Impossible you might be thinking. Well, there are a couple of Deaf golfers around the world who have the potential and hold such ambitions. At 18 years of age, the highly accomplished Paul Waring is amongst them. Following an interview with Transworld Sport, due to be aired on our televisions on the 18th October, Paul was kind enough to answer some questions for us so that we could find out how this young man has become such a leading figure in world deaf sport.
Source: UK Deaf Sport
Federal politicians from all sides took to the fairways of Federal Golf Club in Canberra on Monday as a joint experience for Hearing Awareness Week with Friends of the Australian Golf Industry Council.
The guests of honour were World Number 1 deaf golfer Jack Besley from Victoria, together with Australian team members Jack McLeod and Linda Davis.
Source: Golf Australia
By Ken Gordon
Deafness hardly impairs a golfer, but it can challenge those hosting a tournament. At Foxfire Golf Club this week, 104 men and 23 women have been competing in the annual tournament of the Midwest Deaf Golfers Association (and Midwest Deaf Ladies Golf Association).
Source: The Columbus Dispatch
The County Golf Partnership has established links with the Gloucester Deaf Association and has run structured five-week Get into Golf sessions at Sherdons Golf Club, near Tewkesbury. These are delivered by PGA Professional Andrew Etherington, who is able to communicate through sign language.
At the end of last month’s World Deaf Golf Championships 2014 at the Traverse Golf Resort in USA, the World Deaf Golf Federation assigned Denmark as hosts for the next World Deaf Golf Championships to be held in Copenhagen in 2016.
The successful outcome of the bid for the event after several years of preparation is mainly due to the support and help from all our sponsors and partners. Therefore the upcoming Widex Open 2014 on the 12th of August at Gilleleje Golf Club is a step towards the World Deaf Golf Championships 2016 , where the best deaf golfers from around the world will compete against each other. When we gather for an exciting day in Gilleleje, all participants will get an opportunity to meet the Danish Deaf National Team, that in the USA recently won an individual silver and a team bronze medal and furthermore a chance to meet the WDGC 2016 - Committee and sponsors and partners for the event.
The 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC) at Traverse City, Michigan concluded yesterday with 111 golfers from 14 countries. The WDGC has three divisions, which are men, women, and seniors.
Jack Besley of Australia won the men's tournament with a final score of 295. Besley shot a 68 in the final round to win the men's division by 7 strokes. Hans Elgaard of Denmark finished in second with 302. Michael Burris and Paul Waring both of England tied for third with 306.
In the women's division, United States' Patty Lopez captured the championship by 13 strokes with a final score of 300. Andrea Hjellegjerde of Norway came in second with 313 and Leonie Warringa of Netherlands finished third with 330.
The seniors division had the most dramatic finish with Keith Worek of United States and Kenneth Hoffman of Canada going into playoff with both tied at 317. Hoffman captured his third straight championship winning the playoff. Charles Mikkers of Netherlands won third place with 318.
The United States swept the competition for the team tournaments winning the championships in men, women, and seniors divisions. Team tournament is compiled based on the best four scores of each round for all countries. Final results of the team tournament were not available at the time of publishing this article.
Several records were set at the 2014 WDGC with United States' Patty Lopez setting the lowest under par score of 70 and lowest final score with 300. Australia's Jack Besley score of 68 in the fourth round is the lowest score and is the fourth under par score in tournament history.
Official results will be released in late July and the 2016 WDGC will be held at Copenhagen, Denmark from July 23 to July 29, 2016.
2014 WDGC Men Champion, Jack Besley of Australia (Photo Credit - Word Deaf Golf Federation)
2014 WDGC Women Champion, Patty Lopez of United States (Photo Credit - Word Deaf Golf Federation)
2014 WDGC Men Champion, Kenneth Hoffman of Canada (Photo Credit - Word Deaf Golf Federation)
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