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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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.

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April 04, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa Athlete and Unified partner win Golf Tournament

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach/Unified partner Nico Van Eeden

Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach Nico Van Eeden who was playing the role of a Unified partner, won the annual Member Guest Tournament at Oubaai Golf Club in George this past weekend.View Story Special Olympics South Africa golfer Konrad Zastrau and Coach Nico Van Eeden who was playing the role of a Unified partner, won the annual Member Guest Tournament at Oubaai Golf Club in George this past weekend. Konrad and Nico had to compete with approximately 72 players and they did not disappoint. The two day tournament saw Konrad and his coach of six years winning the tournament by 6 shots. Before the last day of the competition Conrad pulled his coach to the side and said: “I am going to try my best. Don’t forget to always be happy and brave in the attempt.” The Special Olympics athlete won a silver medal for golf in the level 5 Stroke Play-Division A at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games which were hosted in Athens. While his Unified partner and coach Nico was Head Coach of the South African golf team in Athens. The victory is a clear indication of the power of Unified Sports. With proper training and more opportunities to compete athletes can become winners! Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Konrad didn’t just win on the field he also won the hearts of many. His opponents were really amazed by his sportsmanship and his standard of play. The Special Olympics golfer is very ecstatic about his victory, he said: “I’m very happy about winning and I’ll continue to be brave in my attempts on the field.”

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March 31, 2014 | Africa: Botswana

The Zimbabwe Golf Association recognises Special Olympics athletes.

By Dr Molly Matambanashe

The Zimbabwe Golf Association announced the launch of a new awards ceremony at the Royal Harare in February. These awards are expected to run for years to come and are part of an initiative to promote the game in the country.View Story The Zimbabwe Golf Association announced the launch of a new awards ceremony at the Royal Harare in February. These awards are expected to run for years to come and are part of an initiative to promote the game in the country. Among the categories announced for this year’s prestigious event were Special Olympics female golfer of the year and Special Olympics male golfer of the year Commissioner of Sports General Director, Mr. Charles Nhemachena said, “The awards’ pivotal role is to inspire athletes to excel, those who excel must be recognized.” We look forward to congratulating the first Special Olympics recipients of these awards.

About Dr Molly Matambanashe:Special Olympics Zimbabwe National Director
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March 28, 2014 | North America: Washington

My LIfe

By Rebekah Jensen

It wasn't until I was 16 when I was officially diagnosed as having autism. I also have ADHD. I am high functioning, so that was why the late diagnosis.View Story It wasn't until I was 16 when I was officially diagnosed as having autism. I also have ADHD. I am high functioning, so that was why the late diagnosis. I am 32 now. I started Special Olympics in 1999. I am with the South Kitsap program in Washington state. My first sport was swimming. I won 3 medals at my first state summer games. Now, my springtime sport is athletics. Shot put is my field event. I like to do fast walking, but I have done some running in the past. I also played-and won gold medals in- softball, volleyball, basketball, bowling, and just last year, I won the bronze in golf skills! I still do bowling in the fall. I am now taking up ice skating. Since 1999 state summer games, I have competed in and won at least 1 gold medal at state!! I love competing in Fort. Lewis! I had worked at Bangor navy base for 3 years doing galley dis washing. I am still working there. I graduated high school in 2003 with 3.8GPA. Almost all my classes were mainstream. My shot put record:6.69M

About Rebekah Jensen:Athlete since 1999-over 130 medals and counting-favorite sport is track and field-Special olympics washington womens shot out record holder at 9.69 meters- hoping to be chooses to compete at future national and world games
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Golf Events




May 13 - 16 2014

2014 Montana State Summer Games

Centered at Rocky Mountain College, with special events at the Metra and competition across Billings and the surrounding area – including local bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track and field and golf venues. The competition unfolds in a swell of intensity and joy. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Donna Diaz
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Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Dr.

Billings, Montana

Jun 6 - 8 2014

2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational

Please join Special Olympics California as athletes compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics. The Games will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Along with competitions, the Summer Games will feature free health screenings, a Young Athletes Demonstration, games, live music, and an athlete dance. Bring your family and friends to cheer on and support our athletes. See you there!
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University of Southern California
850 W 37th Street

Los Angeles, California

Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey

Jun 23 - 26 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Golf and Sailing Coaches Training

Special Olympics in the Middle East- N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Golf and Sailing 23-26 June in Rabat, Morocco. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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July 08, 2014

Golf Tourney - Collier County Florida

Please join Special Olympics Florida as athletes from Collier County Florida compete in a one-day golf tournament. The tournament will be held on July 8th, 2014 at Golden Gate Golf Course in Naples, Florida. Bring your family and friends to cheer on and support our athletes. See you there!
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David McKenzie
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Golden Gate Golf Course
Naples, Florida

Jul 8 - 12 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Jul 26 - 30 2014

Special Olympics World Golf Cup

This will be a Special Olympics level 5 golf competition that will include 18 to 24 of the best Special Olympics golf players in the world. All Special Olympics golf programs are welcome to send information about their top-5 players. Athletes will be selected and invited to compete in the tournament.
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Jesper Hviid
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Helsingor Golf Club
Gl. Hellebakvej 71

Aug 10 - 11 2014

37th Annual San Luis Obispo County Golf Tournament

Tee off and change a life at the Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County. We will host this tournament at the beautiful San Luis Obispo Country Club on August 10 and 11. With your support, we can raise much needed funding for individuals with intellectual disabilities and have a fun day of golf. The auction and dinner will be held on Aug 10 and the golf tournament will be held on Aug 11.
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Jody Watty
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San Luis Obispo Country Club
255 Country Club Dr

San Luis Obispo, CA

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne

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
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

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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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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Golf Competitions

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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