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IBGA Past Director
Linda, who is a resident of Southern California, was raised in Washington State where her father (totally blind) was teacher, athletic director and ultimately principal of the Washington State School for the Blind. Linda regards her father as her inspiration and feels privileged to have grown up among the teachers and students at the School.
She learned golf at age 40 (while she still had most of her vision) and played on club teams for a few years in the early 1990s; she then returned to work for Ely Callaway (founder of Callaway Golf) as the project manager for his autobiography. Although low vision was a big factor in giving up golf for many years, she discovered blind golf in 2011 and by 2014 competed in the USBGA Open in Exeter, RI.
Since then she has competed in many Blind Golf events with victories in Europe, Canada and the United States. In addition, she was a member of the North American team vs. The Rest of The World in the ISPS Handa Vision Cup (Ryder-format) matches at Villa d'Este, Como, Italy in 2015, Creston, BC, Canada in 2017, Portmarnock, Ireland in 2019 and TPC Sawgrass, Florida in 2022.
She has held the Women's B-3 World Championship title since first winning in Tokyo, Japan at the 2016 ISPS HANDA event.
In November, 2016 was also elected one of 6 Directors of the International Blind Golf Association where she served until 2022. Most of the time, her coach/guide is her husband Fred.
Linda believes blind golf gave her a new outlook on life and she hopes to continue to contribute to the IBGA as it grows the game for the visually impaired - from children to seniors. "We can introduce them to local, national and international competition which will build their self confidence and engage them with a whole new 'family' of potentially life-long friends serving blind golf and their communities.
International Blind Golf Association