Golf

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.  
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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


August 08, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

Golfers Find a World of Competition in Denmark

By Suzanne Coogan

The winner of the Special Olympics World Golf Cup, Troels Højbjerre from Denmark and his caddie Jørgen Krogh. 

Twenty-one skilled golfers from eight countries competed for the Golf World Cup at one of Denmark's oldest golf courses, the Helsingor Golf Club. Special Olympics always matches players of similar abilities for competitions, but these 21 players were so good that it took a world invitational to give them the thrilling play they all love.View Story Twenty-one skilled golfers from eight countries competed for the first Special Olympics World Golf Cup at one of Denmark's oldest golf courses, the Helsingor Golf Club. Special Olympics always matches players of similar abilities for competitions, but these 21 players were so good that it took a world invitational to give them all the thrilling play they love. When the final round started, the fight for the Cup was between three athletes from three different continents: Scott Rohrer from the United States, Tom Lugg from South Africa and Denmark's Troels Hoejbjerre. Both Troels and Scott had some good rounds before the final day and they tied for first place 4 strokes ahead of Tom Lugg. The final round started tough for Scott with a drive out of bounds and a frustrating triple bogey but he kept on fighting. He could soon feel that silver medal being threatened from behind by a very focused Tom Lugg. Tom was playing well especially on the back nine which he played in par. With four holes to go Troels was still up with five strokes but 3 bogeys by Troels and pars from Tom made it a very exciting finish. Tom did his best with one more par but Troels Højbjerre was victorious in the end in front of a very enthusiastic home crowd.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager Media and Public Awareness with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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July 21, 2014 | North America: Mississippi

Mark played golf

By Mark David Setzer

My name is Mark Setzer and I am 41 years old today. I played golf in New Jersey at the National Golf Tournament in Newark, NJ.View Story My name is Mark Setzer and I am 41 years old today. I played golf in New Jersey at the National Golf Tournament in Newark, NJ. I really had a great time there, and I would like to thank my parents, David and Barbara Setzer, Auntie and Uncle Jerry who came to see me that Monday to visit and head off to my hole. I really want to thank everybody who helped us get there safely and back, wonderful trips, and very well done. I came in 3rd place with a total of 187, 57 on the first day, 64, on the second day and the last day on Wednesday June 21st, 67. Great weather!

About Mark David Setzer:I am a resident at the Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia, MS. I work on campus and work with Fedex running high speed printers and scanning airbills that goes all over the world. I would like to personally thank Shannon Adams, and Joann Drummright who really helped me move to level 4 to Level 5 which is 18 holes and I am looking forward to go to Rockvale, TN on July 27th and 28th and play golf. Shannon Adams is a golfer herself, and she is a great friend of the Baddour Center, she works very hard and she has great personality and Joann who works extremley hard getting their athletes to their carts on time. Well done to Shannon and Joann. I wish we had more people at the Baddour Center to learn golf, and it is fun once you get used to it.
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June 25, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Cyprus

Special Olympics Cyprus Unified Golf Tournament 2014

By Georgios Panayides

On June 22nd 2014, at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, 13 Junior Golfers from Paphos Golf Academies each paired up with a Special Olympics Athlete to help them challenge for the prize of Special Olympics Champion. A great day was had by all.View Story On June 22nd 2014, at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, 13 Junior Golfers from Paphos Golf Academies each paired up with a Special Olympics Athlete to help them challenge for the prize of Special Olympics Champion. A great day was had by all. Furthermore, 19 Special Olympics athletes from all over Cyprus showed their magnificent skills in Golf. The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Cyprus would like to thank, the Cyprus Golf Federation, Mr. Andrew Darker Director of Aphrodite Hills Resort and Mr. Terry Scott, Director of Junior Golfers for their support and Help.

About Georgios Panayides:Office and sport Director Special Olympics Cyprus
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Golf Events


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Event

Location

September 09, 2014

Unified 9-Hole Golf Tournament

Join us on September 9th at Lakewood Golf Course in Madison, Maine for a day of Unified golf. Athletes and Unified partners from around the state will show their skill and play unified. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:+1 (207) 879-0489
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Lakewood Golf Course
Route 201

Madison, Maine
UNITED STATES

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

October 19, 2014

2014 Golf Championships (Level 1-5)

Join us on 19 October 2014 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links in Queenstown, Maryland as athletes from around the state will compete in various levels of golf competition. Events will include: Level I – Individual Skills Competition; Level II – 9-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level III – 18-hole Unified Competition Alternate Shot Stroke Play; Level IV – 9-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play; Level V – 18-hole Individual Athlete Competition Stroke Play. For schedule details please refer to the link below.
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Tommy George
Email:tgeorge@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Queenstown Harbor Golf Links
300 Links Lane

Queenstown, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Nov 8 - 9 2014

Virginia State Fall Championships

Fall Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state level competitions, held at the end of the fall season in Virginia Beach. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia are selected to go for the gold in bowling, bocce, golf, volleyball, roller skating, and soccer competitions. Fall Championships also features a Saturday evening Opening Ceremony, where we light the Flame of Hope to "open" the Championships, followed by a Victory Dance - a favorite of both our athletes and volunteers!
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
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Various Virginia Beach Venues
Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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.
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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

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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.


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