‘Blindness’ no handicap here

Story appeared in: Torch | October 11th, 2017

AMONG the golfers competing in the 2017 Vision Australia NSW Blind Golf Open Championship at Milperra last week was Padstow resident, Des Lean-Fore.
Des, a founder of Blind Golf Australia, while admitting he didn't have one of his best competitions, finished well back in the field when he competed at Bankstown Golf Course on Thursday and Friday. 
"I love playing the Bankstown course. It's a great course with a few tricky holes," Des said.
The 73-year-old golfer lost his sight at the age of 31 as a consequence of a detached retina and has had peripheral vision ever since.
"Golf is an ideal sport for the blind," he said.
"The ball remains on the ground and we have a buddy or caddy to guide us.
"I've been playing for about six years and love it - although I could find more time on the course to get my handicap down."
It wasn't all bad news on a local level, with former Padstow resident, Rod Mills, who now lives on the NSW Central Coast, taking out the winner's trophy.
A young golfer from Canada, Keifer Jones was the runner-up in the competition.
Sponsored by Vision Australia, the NSW Open drew 24 competitors from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and three overseas countries. This year's field include both men and women with handicaps ranging from five to 63.
Blind Golf was established over 30 years ago and has grown to now staging tournaments throughout Australia and the world.
For those with impaired vision interested in playing golf or anyone interested in volunteering as a caddy or "buddy" should call Des on 0401245403.

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Publication: Torch | Section: Sport | Author: Mick Roberts | Story ID: 131691 | Viewcount: 518