07 September 2010

The Blind Challenge

3 Blind Golfers Challenged the Pros 
Three blind golfers representing the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) proved that people with disabilities can still lead a sporty lifestyle after taking part in a blind golf challenge that was organized ahead of the inaugural Handa Singapore Classic. 
The challenge was held at the Orchid Country Club, host venue of the US$400,000 full field Asian Tour event and played over holes one, eight and nine at the Aranda course. England's Neil Baxter, Malaysia's Yam Ting Woo and Australia's David Blyth were paired with Asian Tour's Unho Park of Australia as well as Singapore's Justin Han and Mitchel Slorach respectively who were all blindfolded to create a sense of realism. "It was fun playing with these Asian Tour professionals as for once, it was a level playing field," said Yam of the friendly challenge that was played in the Texas Scramble format. 
"The major obstacle for me when playing blind golf is hitting the ball. I can only visualize where the ball is, as I can't see it. It'll take quite a while for me to perfect the game but I'm enjoying it," added the 57-year-old Malaysian who lost his sight two years ago. 
For Pro Han, it was a very difficult experience playing blindfolded. “I totally respect these guys and I hope we can further raise awareness of blind golf through activities like this," he said

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