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9th United States Deaf Golf championship results

US Deaf Golf AssociationLocation: Tiffany Green Golf Club, Kansas City, MO
Dates: July 11-14, 2017
Reported by Mike Finneran

The 9th United States Deaf Golf Championship came to an end with the following champions:

Open Dano Aldaz hails from Colorado and is employed as a construction worker shot 71, 74, 74 but the pressure increased in the last round and he shot 83 for his final score. He won one stroke over EJ Brumm. Brandon Babineaux of Texas and Bill Roberts of Missouri came in third with three strokes behind. All three will go to the World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC) which will be held in Ireland, along with Doreen Granberry of Arizona and Michael Mabashov of Maryland.

Women’s Patty Lopez of Arizona started with 75 then 85, 80 and 83 won by narrow number of strokes over Susan Zupnik of New Jersey who got her first ACE ever. Lauri Ponikiewski of Michigan, Melissa Stockton of Utah and Mary Bachtel of Ohio will plan to join Patty and Susan to the WDGC.

Tim Dapp of Maryland (soon Florida) shot his best career round with 68 then 75, 71 and 73 won by wide number of strokes over John Rush of Colorado. The following senior golfers who will go to WDGC are: Scott Davidson of North Carolina, Keith Worek of New York and Darrell Hovinen of Michigan.

The Super Seniors division was created at the meeting two years ago for golfers who are above 65 years old. Seven golfers competed in this division for the first time. Mike Finneran of California who shot 83, 88, 83 and 78 tied with Gerald Isobe of Hawaii who shot 90 (with 13 on first hole), 81, 83 and 80. Both went ahead to play an extra hole and Mike won with a par. Dennis Berrigan, Jim Hynes and Wayne Miller will join them to WDGC.

There were some exciting events beside the golf championships. A putting contest was held on Tuesday after the round. Gerald Isobe won 1st place. On Wednesday evening 17 folks participated in a poker tournament and Dano Aldaz won. Then on Thursday, there were skill challenges for two top division leaders. Patty Lopez outdid all the men. Congratulations, Patty!

Thanks to the wonderful chair, Bill Roberts, who made this tournament successful along with his hard-working committee. He is a pro in this area similar to his golf skills. His personality is something that we can relate to.

The banquet was a wonderful affair which included a buffet. Recognitions were made as follows:

Susan Zupnik, Bill Roberts and Keith Worek attended all 9 USDGC tournaments. We hope they will continue to do so for many more years.

John Rush and John Vaughn were inducted to the USDGA Hall of Fame. They deserve every bit of this honor with their past accomplishments. One impressive feat about both honorees is that they started GOLF while they were young.

The winners were given special mementos. Travel trophies were given to each division winner. Thanks go to Jerry Mabashov for his incentive on this to ensure the women, seniors and super seniors winners also got their awards.

The new board members and incumbent members were given oath into office:

Brandon Babineaux – term ends July 2021

Bernie Brown – 2019

Timothy Dapp – 2021

Michael Finneran – 2021

Jerry Mabashov- 2019

Bill Roberts – 2019

Jeremy Warshaw – 2021

Keith Worek- 2019

Susan Zupnik – 2021

Mike was voted to be President. Susan, Jerry and Bernie were selected to be vice president, secretary and treasurer respectively. The board as a whole is looking forward for a stronger organization with more young golfers and women golfers with some innovative plans to expand these arenas.

Massachusetts won the bid for 2019 USDGC tournament led by John Vaughn along with Bay State Deaf Golf Association. We look forward to visiting New England in 2019.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation: http://usdeafsports.org/news/9th-united-states-deaf-golf-championship-results/

Mabashov wins third SEDGA open championship

SE Deaf Golfers AssociationMichael Mabashov won his third Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association (SEDGA) Open Division championship in four years with a final score of 224. The 48th annual tournament was held at the Clustered Spires Golf Club in Frederick, Maryland.

Mabashov held the first-place spot all three rounds shooting 77,73, and 74. Keith Worek finished second with a final score of 232 and Timothy Dapp rounded out the top three with 235.

Scott Davidson captured the Seniors Championship with a final score of 234 and Michael Finneran came in second at 240. Davidson and Finneran had identical scores of 83 in the first round and 79 in the third round. The second round was what separated Davidson from Finneran when he shot 72 while Finneran scored 78. Ebbie Bosworth finished third at 251.

Patrick Cullen won the Super Seniors championship edging Daniel Krapta in a first-hole playoff. Cullen and Krapta were tied at 246 and Demetrious Gioupis came in third at 250.

2017 SEDGA Results

Clustered Spires hosts tournament for East Coast golfers who are deaf

By Mallory Panuska

SE Deaf Golfers AssociationThe greens and fairways at Clustered Spires Golf Club were busy this week as golfers who are deaf or partially deaf from New York to Florida played in an annual tournament.

The 2017 Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association Tournament kicked off at the Frederick course Tuesday morning and continued daily through Thursday afternoon, with 93 golfers from all over the East Coast participating.

Read more: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/tourism/clustered-spires-hosts-tournament-for-east-coast-golfers-who-are/article_19b7ddbd-cb6b-5788-b122-41096ca3b2ad.html

Source: The Frederick News-Post

Yost doesn't make cut at Kingsmill Championship

2017 Kingsmill ChampionshipKaylin Yost who received a sponsorship exemption to participate in the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Virginia did not make the cut after two rounds. Yost scored a 74 in the first round and 73 in the second round for a total score of 147. Yost indicated that she enjoyed her time at Kingsmill in her tweet.

Yost will represent USA at the upcoming 2017 Summer Deaflympics at Samsun, Turkey.

Kingsmill Tournament Leaderboard

Teens don’t let disabilities stop them from pursuing golf

By Kalyn McMackin

coloradoCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Every Monday and Thursday at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course, you’ll find a one of a kind high school golf team.

It’s one that not only can play the sport of golf but does so deaf and blind.

“I like playing golf in general,” said Christian Shook. “Like I actually like playing golf.”

Read more & view video: http://fox21news.com/2017/05/15/teens-dont-let-disabilities-stop-them-from-pursuing-golf/

Source: Fox 21 News

Golfer Kaylin Yost embraces hearing impairment, shares her story

By David Teel

2017 Kingsmill ChampionshipKaylin Yost spent her first 17 days in traction, her mother unable to hold her except to breast feed. Then came nearly 18 months in a neck-to-ankles cast and, at age 2, a diagnosis of profound deafness.

Not what you would call a well-traveled path to a professional golf career.

Read more & view video: http://www.capitalgazette.com/dp-spt-teel-column-kaylin-yost-kingsmill-20170513-column.html

Source: Capital Gazette

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