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National Tournament

2016 USBGA National Championship

September 29 -  October 3, 2016
71th Annual USBGA National Championship
Palm Aire Country Club

Sarasota, Florida
For further information contact
Co-Chairs: Tom Mirus, E-mail, Phone: (407) 348-5650
Joe McCourt,, Phone: (941) 879-3252   

2015 USBGA National Championship

August 15-19, 2015
2015 ISPS Handa US Blind Open Championship and 70th Annual USBGA National Championship
Marietta, Georgia
City Club (
Hosted by Greg Hooper and Alan Hooper

The 2015 ISPS Handa US Blind Golf Open Championship was held August 15-19 at the City Club Marietta in Marietta, Georgia. The tournament was hosted by Alan and Greg Hooper. Golfers representing the United States, Canada, Italy, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and South Korea took part in the two day 36 hole competition. Winners and runner up teams are listed below.

2015 ISPS Handa US Open Championship -  Trophy Winners

Trophy Name | Player / Coach Scores (Gross or Net) Country 
B1 - Blind Champion |  Andrea Calcaterra / /Alejandro Alfonseca  205 Italy
B1 - Blind Net Champion |  Mario Tobia/ /Frank Hesson 226/281 United States
B1 - Blind Net 2nd Place | Ron Derry / / Jerry Rank  281 United States
VI - B2 Champion |  Ty Thomson / / Doug Kaylor 182 United States
VI - B2 Net Champion |  Chan Cho / / Shin Ki Kim 185 South Korea
VI - B3 Champion | Tom Marks / / Bob Marks 154 United States
VI - B3 Net Champion |  Greg Hooper / / Alan Hooper  180 United States
Ladies Net Champion |  Jan Dinsdale / / David McVeigh 112 Northern Ireland
Stableford B1, B2, B3 Net |  Tony Shiros / /James Kaiser 53, 31, 53, 41 United States

 Top US Golfers

Trophy Name | Player / Coach
B1 - Blind Champion |  Mario Tobia / / Frank Hesson
B1 - Blind 2nd Place |  Jim Baker / / Kyle Seely
B1 - Blind 3rd Place |  Ron Derry / / Jerry Rank
B1 - Boswell (Net  Winner) |  Mario Tobia / / Frank Hesson
B1 - Lazaro (Most Improved) |  Ron Derry / / Jerry Rank
VI - B2 Champion |  Ty Thompson / / Doug Kaylor
Vi - B2 2nd Place  | Jeremy Poincenot / / Lionel Poincenot
VI - B3 Champion |  Tom Marks / / Bob Marks
VI - B3 2nd Place |  Scott Wilson / / Vicki Wilson
VI - B3 3rd Place |  Mike McKone / / Phil Soder
VI B2&B3 Most Improved | Harry Hester / / Randy Nutt
VI B2&B3 Net Winner | Greg Hooper / / Alan Hooper
Senior ( Low Net) | Linda Port / / Sheri Sears


HISTORY - USBGA National Championships

USBGA Past National Champions (MS Word)

2014 USBGA National Championship &
ISPS Handa US Blind Open Championship

August 16-20, 2014
2014 ISPS Handa US Blind Open Championship & 69th Annual USBGA National Championship
Exeter, Rhode Island
Exeter Country Club (
36-hole Competition
Hosted by Michael McKone

Media Coverage: 
World News: National Blind Golfers Tourney Being Played in Exeter

NBC WJAR TV Providence: Video

Event Summary:
The United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) held the 2014 ISPS Handa US Blind Open Championship at Exeter Country Club ( located in the tranquil country side of Exeter, Rhode Island. The practice round was held on Sunday August 17 and the two rounds of tournament play were held on Monday and Tuesday August 18 - 19.
During tournament week was also a Junior Blind Golf Clinic.  Several PGA professionals and volunteers assisted each child as they hit balls on the range. The International Open is expecting players from the US as well as Canada, England, Austria, Northern Ireland, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Israel, Japan and South Korea.
Exeter Country Club stretches to 6406 Regulation yards and plays 5706 yards from the Forward tees. ECC is a member of both the Rhode Island Golf and United States Golf Associations.
To make this Championship possible, the organizing committee needed to raise $30,000 from businesses, organizations and individuals. The funds helped pay for tournament and junior clinic expenses including green fees, lodging and some meals.
The USBGA is a 501(c)(3)  non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible.

Details of Player scoring in 2014 National Championship (Excel)

2014 USBGA National Championship -  Trophy Winners

Trophy Name | Player / Coach Score (Gross or Net)
B1 - Blind Champion |  Mario Tobia / Frank Hesson 213
B1 - Blind 2nd Place |  Jim Baker / Kyle Seely 216
B1 - Blind 3rd Place |  Brad Eaton / /Mike Nugnes 239
B1 - Boswell (Net  Winner) |  George Pilz/ / Mark Batty 128
B1 - Lazaro (Most Improved) |  Tony Schiros / /John Wolowicz  
VI - B2 Champion |  Jeremy Poincenot / /Lionel Poincenot 172
VI - B2 2nd Place |  Kevin Edwards / /Anna Edwards 188
VI B2&B3 Net Winner |  Ty Thompson / /Doug Kaylor 138
VI B2&B3 Most Improved |  Phil Hubbard / /Todd Gariepy  
VI - B3 Champion |  Linda Port / /Fred Port 175
VI - B3 2nd Place |  Scott Wilson / /Vicki Wilson 176
VI - B3 3rd Place |  Greg Hooper/ / Alan Hooper 179
Senior ( Low Net) | Diane Wilson / /Byron Wilson 141

2014 ISPS Handa US Open Championship -  Trophy Winners

Trophy Name | Player / Coach Scores (Gross or Net)
B1 - Blind Champion |  Brian McLeod / /Kevin Lemmon 198
B1 - Blind Net Champion |  Jim Baker / /Kyle Seely 126
VI - B2 Champion |  Jeremy Poincenot / /Lionel Poincenot 172
VI - B2 Net Champion |  Ty Thompson / /Doug Kaylor 138
VI - B3 Champion Scott Wilson/Vickie Wilson 176  
VI - B3 Net Champion Greg Hooper/Alan Hooper 179  
Ladies Net Champion |  Jan Dinsdale / /David McVeigh 112
Stableford B1, B2, B3 Net |  Boyd Stewart / /Jackie Stewart +35


August 17-22, 2013
68th Annual U.S. Blind Open Championship
Portland, Oregon
Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City
36-hole Competition
Hosted by Ron Plath

Article on local player Scott Wilson finishing 2nd in the B3 category of the National Championship, The Argus Observer, August 29, 2013

Tampa Bay Times - Article and Video with Tony Schiros while preparing for National Championship
A nice article and short video from the Tampa Bay Times on September 15, written by Rodney Page. The video is above the article and start button is in the bottom left of the video screen.  A short commercial preceeds the video.

2013 USBGA National Championship and Open Trophy Winners (pdf)  

2013 USBGA National Championship and Open Scoring Details (pdf)

2013 Press Release on National Championship (MS Word file)

 Channel 5 - Nashville- Interview with David Meador and Everett Davis after the National Championship
A nice interview which also mentions the USBGA and our work with Children's Clinics.  When clicking the above link there is a red "play" button in the middle of the screen to start the video.  A short commercial preceeds the interview.

The Daily News interviews Jim Durand on his experience at the Nationals
In this article, Jim gets interviewed by Rick McCorrkle on August 27th about his experience at the USBGA National Championship

The 2013 golf season will soon be here. The United States Blind Golf Association is pleased to announce that the 2013 U.S. Blind Open Championship will be held on August 17-22 in Portland, Oregon. The scores from this tournament will hopefully be used for our national championship. The event will take place at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City which is just outside the Portland city limits. The entrance fee of $150 will cover the cost of five nights of lodging at the Monarch Hotel, four rounds of golf, breakfast and lunch each day, welcome reception, Italian dinner on Tuesday night and awards ceremony with a formal dinner on Wednesday. Players should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 17 and depart on Thursday, August 22. Sunday, August 18 will be a practice day at Stone Creek GC followed by a bar-b-q at the course. If your coach would like to play golf with you on Sunday, they may do so at a cost of $35. Monday, August 19 will be a charity golf tournament organized by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. This will be a scramble with USBGA and IBGA members joining foursomes of business men and women. There will also be a junior clinic for students with vision loss during the first half of the scramble event that could use the help of several USBGA and IBGA players and their coaches. Lunch and a buffet dinner will be provided by the Lions. The USBGA will have its Annual General Meeting that evening at the hotel.

The first day of competition will take place on Tuesday, August 20 at Stone Creek GC and lunch will be provided on the course. Tee times and pairings will be announced at a later date. That evening, dinner will be provided at The Old Spaghetti Factory which is located across the street from the hotel.

The final day of competition will be on Wednesday, August 21. Lunch will be provided on the course and the Awards Banquet will take place that evening at the hotel. Coat and tie are required for the banquet.

The Monarch Hotel is located between the Portland Airport and Stone Creek Golf Course. There is a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and we are arranging transportation to the golf course each day. Renting a car is an option for participants, but should not be necessary. Should you require extra nights at the Monarch Hotel the cost is $118 per night which includes breakfast for two. The Monarch Hotel & Conference Center address is 12566 SE 93rd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97015-9760. The phone number is 800-492-8700 and the website is *The deadline for entry is April 30, 2013.

If anyone would like to visit the downtown Portland waterfront there is a light rail system across from the hotel that will take you downtown. The Clackamas Town Center shopping mall is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. This is one of the largest malls in Oregon with a variety of retail stores and restaurants.

As in previous USBGA and IBGA tournaments, the USGA and R&A Rules of Golf and the Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities will be followed. You MUST have a current IBGA handicap to participate in this tournament. Please contact Jim Baker at 615-679-9629 or Ron Plath at 503-635-3715 if you have any questions.


Jim Baker, USBGA President

Ron Plath, IBGA Board Member



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