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A Champion of Blind Golf Passes
31 December 2015
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of IBGA Director Brian MacLeod. He had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in late 2014 and despite extensive treatment throughout 2015 he lost his battle with the disease on Saturday, 19 December.
Brian was nominated by Blind Golf Canada (BGC) and elected to the Board of IBGA in 2008. Over the years as a Director he has made a valuable contribution to the work of IBGA championing the cause of blind golf all over the world but particularly in his home country of Canada where he was a driving force in the setting up of BGC. He organised many international blind golf events including the memorable World Championships held in his home town of Truro, Nova Scotia, in 2012.
Brian held strong views about many issues but was always willing to listen to contrary arguments and would accept the resulting decision readily whether or not he agreed with the outcome.
He was undoubtedly one of the best totally blind (B1) golfers in the world. Using the skills he learned as a very competent ice hockey player he hit the golf ball a tremendous distance but was also adept at the short game and putting often with the help of his good friend and coach Kevin Lemmon. In Canada as a B1 he was supreme and around the world he was always in the top three.
Brian MacLeod was a Champion of blind golf both as a player and an administrator. We will all miss his presence, his friendship, his humour, his skill and his helpfulness. On behalf of everyone in the blind golf world we offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Joanne, daughter Sarah and his close family.
As a small tribute to Brian we will keep his biographical details on this website for the remainder of his term of office as an IBGA Director.
Rest In Peace Brian