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ISPS Handa 2022 US Blind Golf Championships Results
April 4 - 6, 2022
The 2022 ISPS Handa US Open Blind Golf Championship was held at the King and Bear Golf Course, St. Augustine, FL.
ISPS/Handa US Open Hosted by the USBGA at the World Golf Village King and Bear Golf Course, St. Augustine, FL
This year's US Open hosts, Bill and Linda Pease along with their family provided an exciting experience at the World Golf Hall of Fame venue leaving attendees wonderful memories of this prestigious event.
The King and Bear Golf Course (designed by none other than Arnold Palmer and Jack Nickolas) provided players with a long track but fair test for all blind and visually impaired competitors. The course was flawless and a true Championship course.
The practice round paired 2 person teams for a two-team scramble against all other teams which was a great way to get to know the course while participating in an informal competition. Following the scramble, was the Welcome Reception where Bill surprised the players and coaches with gifts of historic tour player golf bags to the players. Coaches also selected gifts that included rounds for 4 at the King and Bear and many other unique and wonderful gifts.
The first day of competition started great but was interrupted by some heavy rainstorms during the last nine holes of play. The players expected rain on the 2nd day but were surprised with clear skies.
The Awards Dinner was held in the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. Our guest speaker, Len Mattice, dropped in directly from his Champions Tour event in Texas. He had some wonderful stories and took questions from the players and coaches.
On Monday morning before the two-person scramble, Bill hosted a fabulous golf clinic for the children of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. The kids soon realized that they could accomplish something they never even dreamed they could do. After all, the USBGA's motto is "You Don't Have to See it to Tee it".
A heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers at the World Golf Hall of Fame complex. Many of our volunteers traveled from the hometown of USBGA member Art Beauregard and his wife Sue to assist as scorers and guides. Bill and Linda organized a wonderful event including the evening activities for our US and International players. Many new members attended this year's US Open. We welcome all to the USBGA family.
Thank you Bill and Linda and family for hosting this wonderful tournament!
Please clink on the links below to watch a video on "Love in Bloom" and read about one of our new members that won in his sight classification:
Love in Bloom on the Eighteenth Hole
Something wonderful happened on day 2 of the 2022 USBGA ISPS/Handa US Open Blind Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Florida on the 18th hole.
Kevin Frost, Canadian B2 Visually Impaired Golfer and his Guide Loretta LaChance had just finished their round. Loretta retrieved the ball from the cup giving it to Kevin who promptly got down on one knee and proposed to Loretta.
Click on the link below to share this beautiful moment with the golfer/guide team of Kevin and Loretta.
Jim's First Competitive Tournament
Despite being legally blind since birth, Jim Whitton has played golf for nearly half a century, but for the first time in his life he played in a tournament this spring with other blind golfers. And he won!
Jim Whitton of Auburn, Massachusetts wins the ISPS Handa US Open 1st place Gross B2 Vision Impaired Championship at the King and Bear Golf Course. Click on the link to read Jimmy's story:
B1 US Open Champion - Gross Chad NeSmith, Coach Lisa Bernard
B2 US Open Champion - Gross Jimmy Whitton, Coach Debbie Whitton
B3 US Open Champion - Gross Bill Pease, Coach Nick Pease
B1 US Open Champion - Net Mario Tobia, Coach Joe Casey
B2 US Open Champion - Net Ty Thompson, Coach Roger Young
B3 US Open Champion - Net Scott Wilson, Coach Cameron Miller
B1/B2/B3 Overall Low Net Champion - Jimmy Whitton, Coach Debbie Whitton
B1/B2/B3 Overall Low Net 2nd Place - Ty Thompson, Coach Roger Young
B1 US Open Champion - Stableford Ronald Boef, Coach Rein Boef
B2/B3 US Open Champion - Stableford Orlando Ramirez, Coach Wendy Ramirez
Ladies Division US Open Champion - Jan Dinsdale, Coach David McVeigh
B2 Stroke - Gross 2nd Place Charlie Adams, Coach Casey Pease
B3 Stroke - Gross 2nd Place JoJo McCarron, Coach Michael Saylick
B3 Stroke - Gross 3rd Place Harry Hester, Coach Rob Burneson
B2 Stroke - Net 2nd Place Robert Drury, Coach Beverly Townend-Drury
B3 Stroke - Net 2nd Place Greg Hooper, Coach Stan Shefveland
B3 Stroke - Net 3rd Place Douglas Penner, Coach Charlotte Penner
B1 Stableford - 2nd Place John Casolo, Coach David Mouton
B1 Stableford - 3rd Place Curt Jones, Coach Perry Nouis
B2/B3 Stableford - 2nd Place William Mathis, Coach Scott Coldiron
B2/B3 Stableford - 3rd Place Rick Coffey, Coach Dennis Burd
A Special Thank You to all the Volunteers, Coaches, Players and the World Golf Village Staff for a successful 2022 ISPS Handa US Open Championship
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