Sunday, February 14, 2016

Blind golfer from K of Prussia to compete

George Pilz, from King of Prussia, will compete in the 67th annual U.S. Blind Golf Association National Championship.

Blind golfer from K of Prussia to compete


George Pilz, from King of Prussia, will compete in the 67th annual U.S. Blind Golf Association National Championship.

The tournament will take place from Aug. 6 to 7 on Long Island, N.Y.

The 25 competitors come from as far away as California and Oregon to vie for the title of "best blind or visually-impaired golfer in the nation."

The tournament will run from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Middle Bay Country Club, 26 miles from New York City's Times Square.

Hall of Fame and tournament trophy presentations are set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The public may attend at no charge.

"Every place we go, people tell us they had no idea blind people could play golf," said USBGA President David Meador, who lost his eyesight in an automobile accident at age 18. "Playing in the nation's largest city gives us the opportunity to educate the public about blindness issues, and also show that anything is possible."

All 25 U.S. competitors will be accompanied by coaches who "act as their eyes". The coaches meet their blind partners for breakfast, drive them to the golf course, manage their equipment, develop game-playing strategies, and provide directional advice for each hole.

The golfers do all of the swinging, putting, slicing, blocking and birdying. Several USBGA golfers, including competitor Sheila Drummond of Lehighton, Pa., have hit holes-in-one. Drummond was the first blind female player to accomplish that feat.

The competition will be stiff. Four of this year's national tournament competitors placed in the top five in various categories of the 2012 World Blind Golf Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia.

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