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Irish Blind Golf (IBG) provides training, development and playing opportunities for vision impaired golfers. When golf is played by a fully sighted person, they don't have to think twice about teeing the ball up, lining up the shot, observing the flight of the ball after it has been struck, and finding where it has landed.
Golfers with severe visual impairments, may have little or no difficulty actually hitting the ball, but what then!. Whatâ€™s the correct direction? How far is the hole? Where has the ball finished?
Blind golf is a two person sport. Firstly thereâ€™s the player who has the technique to play the stroke, then thereâ€™s the guide. Thatâ€™s the second person, the one who takes care of lining the player up, knowing when it is safe to hit, calculating yardage, reading putts, and making decisions around course management.
IBG organise clinics once a month for blind and visually impaired people interested in playing golf. Please visit www.irishblindgolf.eu for further information. The clinics are fun events, set up for new and experienced golfers of all ages who have a visual impairment.
About 30% of the people who attend our clinics wish to learn more about how to play golf. There is a transition phase between the clinics and playing on an 18 hole golf course. This needs to be met by providing one to one tuition, between a trainee golfer and a qualified PGA golf teacher. IBG will provide financial support towards golf lessons, to members wishing to develop their golfing skills.
IBG is an associate member of the Golfing Union of Ireland and a full member of the International Blind Golf Association. For further details click onwww.internationalblindgolf.org.
Our members regularly participate in I.B.G.A events. We have had fantastic success in recent International Blind Golf Opens in Ireland, Britain, Austria, Italy, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia in the past couple of years.
Team Ireland is a golf team made up of members of Northern Ireland Blind Golf Association and from I.B.G.S. We play an annual challenge match, called the Celtic Cup agains the blind golfers of Scotland.
Blind golf is currently not a paralympic sport. The I.B.G.A. are working with the P.G.A. Seniors Tour to develop golf for disabled people, and blind golf in particular. It is hoped that blind golf will be played in the 2020 Paralympics at the latest.
IBG Secretary, Philip Bond
Vision Sports Ireland
45a Whitworth Road,,
Tel: 085 8500193