IBGA Blind Golfer Linda Port Director

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IBGA Past Director

Linda Port

Photo of Linda Port IBGA DirectorLinda, who is now a resident of San Diego, 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 took up golf at 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 some 12 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 matches at Villa d'Este, Como, Italy in 2015. In November, 2016 she won the Ladies World Championship in Tokyo, Japan. Most of the time, her coach/guide is husband Fred.

Linda believes blind golf gave her a new outlook on life and she hopes 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."

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