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Special Olympics Missouri athlete David Sargent on the course at Congressional Country Club in Maryland for an annual unified sports pro-am.

This page draws together golf-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics golf.  
 View the Golf Fact Sheet

Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. The game is played on golf courses, each of which features a unique design, although courses typically consist of either nine or 18 holes.


Golf Stories and News


December 01, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Tom Lugg is truly an inspirational athlete

By Mrs Igna Steyn

We are fortunate to be able to share the story of one amazing athlete, Mr. Tom Lugg. Tom was very close to being a recluse growing up until he was introduced to Special Olympics at age 11, when he had Golf Sports Specific training. His late coach Mr. Steven Snyman saw raw talent and took over his basic coaching for four years.View Story Special Olympics give athletes the platform to grow and transition to reveal their true potential through the power of sports. Sports is a universal language that brings everyone together in a common goal to have fun, have tolerance and respect regardless of who you are! We are fortunate to be able to share the story of one amazing athlete, Mr. Tom Lugg. Tom was very close to being a recluse growing up until he was introduced to Special Olympics at age 11, when he had Golf Sports Specific training. His late coach Mr. Steven Snyman saw raw talent and took over his basic coaching for four years. In 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, he hit his first practise shot and won the four round events by four shots. In 2009 Tom was invited to Taipei to compete in an elite event, he shot his first and only to date hole in one in the first round and won the 54 hole tournament by one shot . He kept doing extraordinarily well and in the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens he won by 26 shots over 72 holes. This was the same year that he sadly lost his mentor, coach and friend. In 2013 Tom was invited to participate in the Special Olympics Asia Pacific masters in Macua, a development and skills competition with a mentor golfer and athlete. Toms shot a remarkable 76 and 73 on the Caesars Golf Course and received a gold medal. In the same year Tom was the first Special Olympics golfer to qualify on merit for any national event at the Sanlam South Africa Amateur Championship. In 2014 he went back to Macau and but unfortunately this time he lost with two shots. However he won the level 5 gold medal competing against mainstream golfers. Tom has won a super golf day at Kyalami Golf Course with a partner; he has helped the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) with coaching at the annual Special Olympics South Africa Golf Day and recently got his first job at Copperleaf Golf Course as part of the maintenance team!

About Mrs Igna Steyn :I am the Special Olympics South Africa CEO
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December 01, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

SOSA annual Provincial Golf Day

By Mrs Igna Steyn

Annually Special Olympics South Africa hosts a Provincial Golf day with 14 Special Schools and Centres participating in 9 and 18 holes. Golf Day has had the steadfast support of over 12 years from The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club which offers the usage of its facilities and training for athletes without charge.View Story Annually Special Olympics South Africa hosts a Provincial Golf day with 14 Special Schools and Centres participating in 9 and 18 holes. The following division where participated in level 1 (individual skills), 2 (development nine holes with Unified Partner), 3 (nine holes with a Unified Partner), 4 (nine holes) and 5 (18 holes). Golf Day has had the steadfast support of over 12 years from The Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club which offers the usage of its facilities and training for athletes without charge. Prior to the event an eight weeks training session was offered to each Provincial Golf Tournament, supported by coaches from the Golf School of Excellence and PGA. This is making a meaningful difference and is highly appreciated by athletes with intellectual disabilities from the different organisations. The Special Olympics South Africa National Golf Tournament event was greatly sponsored by Leisure brands, PGA, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Marietjie School from Mpumalanga Province also attended the event this year for the first time. Eight athletes advanced to Special Olympics World Summer Games which will be hosted in Los Angeles in July 2015. Special Olympics South Africa would like to express our sincere appreciation to Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, all the staff involved in organising the Golf tournament for our athletes, Tracey Marais and Martin Briede, Golf students and students from Rosebank College for another excellent event thoroughly enjoyed by our athletes and staff.

About Mrs Igna Steyn :I am the CEO for Special Olympics South Africa
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November 21, 2014 | Why I Support Special Olympics

We all share the same feeling

By Kelley Moseley

I have never had a "bad" day with my group. The folks I coach energize me as they do those around them.View Story As a coach, I am so thankful for the smiles and accomplishments and also working through the frustrations when an athlete does not do as well as they hoped. I have never had a "bad" day with my group. The folks I coach energize me as they do those around them.

About Kelley Moseley:Golf coach Fort Bend County Texas ARC.
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Golf Events


Date

Event

Location

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
For more information
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

Missouri State Outdoor Games

The 2015 State Outdoor Games will be held in Fort Jefferson City, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on September 25th and go until 5 p.m. on March 27th. Athletes will be in competing in bocce, flag football, golf, softball, and tennis. Come and cheer on our athletes as they show off their determination and skill.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

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Golf Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2012 Golf Invitational Tournament

Special Olympics golfers from the United States and Canada competed at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Final results are below. Search by team, athlete or bib number.


2011 Golf National Invitational Tournament

The 2011 Special Olympics Golf NIT, an annual U.S. national tournament, was at the PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Florida. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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Made Possible by The Annenberg Foundation

The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.

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Videos and Photos

Coaching in SerbiaCoaches from three countries met in Serbia to hone their skills.See slideshow »


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In Deep WaterGo feet first for one of the newest Special Olympics sports.See Slideshow »


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Summer SportsOur athletes run, jump, swim and score in summer.See Slideshow »


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Power of SportsSports are a powerful way to change our athlete’s lives.See Slideshow »


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First Unity CupSpecial Olympics uses football to promote understanding.See Slideshow »


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What We DoSports, health, education, community and more.See Slideshow »



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