Club has vision for future tourneys

NELSON Bay Golf Club will host its first international event after winning the rights for the 2014 World Blind Golf Championships.

The club’s general manager Jason Russell received news from the International Blind Golf Association that the course had outbid other Australian clubs for the two-day event scheduled for May 2014.

The Australian Blind Golf Championships will also be held at Nelson Bay in the same week.

Over 55 starters, plus caddies, from 14 countries are expected to converge on the Port Stephens holiday town for the bi-annual championships.

The last blind golf championships were held in Canada at Novo Scotia’s Truro Golf Club in July.

There are three categories, ranging from 100per cent blindness to 10per cent vision.

Caddies help golfers by instructing where to position their feet for the shot and explaining where to hit the ball.

‘‘They gave us a pair of glasses in the meeting to put on to show you what their vision is like and it’s unbelievable,’’ Russell said. ‘‘I don’t know how they do it.

‘‘It’s going to be amazing stuff to see, I can’t wait to see it first hand.’’

Nelson Bay is attempting to become a mecca for golf events, with male and female NSW Mid-Amateur Championships next May and the Australian Taxi Golf Championships in November 2014.

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