Lynne is the daughter of Joe Lazaro, a blind golfer and one of the original members of the USBGA. She grew up being Dad’s “eyes” when needed. In 2014, as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), she assisted Bill McMahon, an MABVI client, blind golfer and USBGA Board Member serving as his “eyes”.
In 2016, she assisted Bill and the USBGA Hall of Fame Committee generating the materials for their 2018 Hall of Fame Awards. In 2018 she was elected to the Board of Directors. She currently serves as the Sighted Board Member and Secretary.
In 2020 she successfully lobbied the Waltham, MA City Council to develop a putting and chipping complex in honor of her father for the purpose of providing a free facility for anyone interested in learning the game of golf. Currently, in conjunction with Waltham Recreation, they are conducting inclusive golf clinics.
Lynne is an avid gardener and also serves on the Board of Weston Community Housing Inc.
Greg Hooper is a visually impaired golfer from Powdered Springs, GA. He has been a member of the USBGA for the past 9 years where he serves as the President and is the Director of the Jr. Golf program for the USBGA. He has played in many events including the Vision Cup, an International event for Blind and Visually Impaired golfers. He has been the US Net Champion 3 of the past 6 years.
Chad lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 35. While losing his sight he completed his Doctorate in Counselor Education. Along with his wife, Patricia of 25 years, they worked together in private practice serving children and their families with all types of disabilities.
He is the 2016, 2017 and 2018 United States National Blind Golf Champion. He also won the Irish Blind Golf Open in 2017, the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic (setting an all-time scoring record) in 2018, and he placed 2nd in the World Blind Golf Championship in 2018.
Chad and his wife started a 501-C3 organization called AVID which stands for A Vision in Darkness. The current mission of the organization is to bring the therapeutic power of golf to blind and visually impaired young students and veterans who wish to learn the game of golf.
Mario has served as a USBGA board member since 2019. Listed below are the experiences and qualifications that he brings to the organization:
Background and Performance:
Mario joined the USBGA in the 2007 golf season as a visually impaired golfer. In 2010, he began playing in the B1 Division. Since that time, he has won two (2) National Championships, four (4) Guiding Eye Championships and finished in 4th place in the 2016 World Championship held in Japan and most recently, Mario placed in 4th at the 2018 World Championship held in Rome, Italy. In addition, Mario has participated in four (4) Vision Cup Championships with a combined record of 7 wins, 2 ties and 3 losses.
Mario has served on the board of governors for the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association (MABGA) since 2008 and in the capacity of President since 2015. Prior to that, Mario served as Vice President of the MABGA for 4 years.
As President of the MABGA, Mario has increased annual revenue income by more than 250% per year.
Mario has dedicated the second part of his career to bettering the lives of visually impaired individuals in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Commission for the Blind for the past 20 years as a Training Consultant. His job responsibilities have included performing computer, iPhone and iPad feasibility studies as well as the evaluation, order processing, installation and training of hundreds of individuals using adaptive computer software and mobile devices.
Curt Jones started playing golf in 2018 and soon after became a member of the USBGA. He always believed that if you are going to be in an organization you should get involved, so he ran and was elected to the USBGA Board of Directors in 2019.
When Curt is not playing golf he enjoys reading, woodworking and hunting in the fall. Curt and his wife Tisa live in Battle Lake, Minnesota and have been married for 40 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. We both spend as much time as we can with family and friends. Curt and Tisa have both found the USBGA to be a fun and welcoming organization.
At 19, Jeremy Poincenot was your typical college sophomore. Friends, sports, fraternity and most importantly, perfect 20/20 vision. Then it happened, no warning, no time to prepare. Life began to blur. Over the next few months, Jeremy lost central vision in his right eye, followed closely by his left. The diagnosis: a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a disease that affects a mere 100 people in the U.S. each year with no treatment or cure in sight. At first, Jeremy thought losing his vision meant forfeiting his life. But he soon learned that with every challenge comes an opportunity for growth.
When Jeremy lost his central vision, he thought the game of golf he loved was over. But with some hard work, dedication, and the support of his family and friends, he quickly learned that his golfing career had just begun. At 20 years old and with his Dad as his guide, Jeremy competed in and won the 2010 World Blind Golf Championship with a dramatic chip-in in a playoff. They have since gone on to win 8 National Championships, an Australian Blind Open, an Italian Blind Open and two more World Blind Golf Championships. In 2011, Jeremy was honored as the San Diego Hall of Champions Challenged Athlete of the Year. Like all things, it’s the most difficult trials that shape who we are—and Jeremy is a better athlete and person because of this sport.
Now, Jeremy strives to raise awareness of LHON, and along with the help of his friends, they have created the C.U.R.E. (Cycling Under Reduced Eyesight) Ride, an annual fundraising bike ride that has raised over $350,000 for LHON research. Their goal is to raise a million.
Today, Jeremy is an Inspirational Speaker traveling the world, sharing his story to inspire audiences to take control of life and turn trauma into triumph. Jeremy is not your ordinary motivational speaker. With a powerful personal narrative, a little wit and a strong inspirational message, he has made it his mission to help his audiences rise up to their biggest obstacles and see them as opportunities.
Jeremy’s objective when he steps in front of an audience is not to dictate how to succeed in life; it’s to convince individuals that independence is good, while interdependence is great. He speaks from experience and has discovered that with a focus on the good, key insights, and the determination to persist through the challenges, anything is possible.
Jeremy has had the privilege of being featured on ABC’s 20/20, ESPN.com, CNN’s “Great Big Story” and MTV’s True Life and has spoken for many prestigious companies including Aflac, Honda, John Hancock, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo and many more.
Diane taught elementary school for 47 years and had to retire when her eyesight failed. She said the good thing about that was it allowed her to join the USBGA in 2009. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. Diane believes the USBGA has enhanced her golf game and inspired her life with all the wonderful people she has met.