Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Kevin Hall's path to the Genesis Open was anything but easy

By Jason Sobel

2017 Genesis OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The powers-that-be at the Genesis Open -- a group that includes new tournament host Tiger Woods -- had a terrific idea. They decided to rename their annual exemption for a golfer representing a minority background in honor of the legendary Charlie Sifford.

Then they had an even better idea.

They gave the exemption to Kevin Hall.

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Source: ESPN

Kevin Hall, deaf since age 2, to play in PGA Tour's Genesis Open

By Brentley Romine

2017 Genesis OpenKevin M. Hall will play in next week’s Genesis Open on a sponsor exemption – but not just any sponsor exemption.

Hall has received the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, which has afforded a golfer representing a minority background the opportunity to compete in the PGA Tour event for nearly a decade.

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Source: Golfweek

This man has become golf’s first accredited coach for deaf people

By Emma Williams

UK Deaf Sport NewA PGA professional in Lincolnshire has become the first person who works in golf in England to achieve the DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark, the accreditation scheme that was launched last year.

Darren Game teaches at his indoor Bourne Golf Centre and his Lincolnshire Junior Academy at Toft Golf Club, and has been recognised for making golf more accessible to deaf people.

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Source: Golf Club Management

Bourke second in world golf event

By Tim O’Connor

2016 World Deaf Golf ChampionshipBallarat’s Paul Bourke has returned from a successful appearance on the world golfing stage.

Bourke was part of the Australian team that finished second in the senior teams division of the World Deaf Golf Championships.

The 51-year-old, from Alfredton, played a key role in the Aussie team of four which finished second to the United States of America quartet.

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Source: The Courier

Allen, Ingman, Lothan win 2016 World Deaf Golf Championships

2016 World Deaf Golf ChampionshipThe 2016 World Deaf Golf Championships at Copenhagen, Denmark came to a close yesterday with 98 players and 18 countries represented.

Men’s Tournament
Women’s Tournament
Senior’s Tournament

Mens Individual
1st - John Allen (Germany) 289
2nd - Paul Waring (England) 310
3rd - Brandon Babineaux (USA) 314

Mens Individual (U23)
1st - Paul Waring (England) 310

Ladies Individual
1st - Lydia Ingman (England) 333
2nd - Leonie Warringa (Nederlands) 341
3rd - Andrea Hjellegjerde (Norway) 353

Ladies Individual (U23)
1st - Lydia Ingman (England) 333

Seniors Indivdual
1st - Mark Lothan (Scotland) 334
2nd - Kenneth Hoffmann (Canada) 337
3rd - John Rush (USA) 338

Seniors Individual (65+)
1st - Michael Finneran (USA) 350

Mens Team
1st - USA 1312
2nd - Germany 1343
3rd - Denmark 1366
4th - Sweden 1387
5th - Australia 1398
6th - England 1421
7th - Ireland 1482

Ladies Team
1st - England 717
2nd - USA 742

Seniors Team
1st - USA 677
2nd - Australia 705
3rd - Scotland 707
4th - Canada 716
5th - England 729
6th - Ireland 759

The World Deaf Golf Championships is coming to Denmark

2016 World Deaf Golf Championship106 golfers from 18 countries from the whole world will meet in Copenhagen the 26th-29th of July. The occasion is the World Deaf Golf Championships.

- A World Championship is one of the most prestigious events in the world of the sports. It’s great for all of us, who love golf, that we’re going to host such an event for Deaf people, says Joachim T. Krøyer, the hearing impaired president of organization committee, and CEO of the Danish Deaf Sports Association.

Sports connects people
The latest World Deaf Golf Championships was held in 2014 in Michigan, USA. All the three winners of the last Championships will be in Copenhagen to compete for the medals. The Danish National Golf Team has six participants. Joachim T. Krøyer expects, that they’ll do it well in the tournament. Hans Elgaard from the Danish team is among the favorites to win the Championships.

An event with a positive impact It has been hard work for the Organization Committee to get the tournament to Denmark. It’s the second time, that Denmark organizes a sports event of this size. Last time the Danish Sports Association was hosting a World Deaf Championship, was in 1982 and it was the World Deaf Cycling Championships.

The success of attracting such a big event to Denmark makes the Danish Organization Committee President very proud:
- To host one of the world's largest sporting events within Deaf sport has a huge positive effect for all parts of the Danish Deaf Sports. And it’s a clear proof, that we are able to arrange events of this size. We got great support from our partners and sponsors, because they believe in Deaf sports and the future of it.
The Danish Deaf Sports Association has teamed up with the internationally known Danish golfer Steen Tinning and his golf network has been an important help to attract the World Deaf Golf Championships to Denmark.

Support from partners
To ensure a high level around the tournament, the Danish Deaf Sports Association has teamed up with the Danish Golf Union. They have, in collaboration with the main sponsor, the high-tech hearing aid manufacturer Widex, contributed with their knowledge and money through the more than four years it took to plan the World Deaf Golf Championships.

Jørgen Jensen, CEO for Widex, is proud to support the World Deaf Golf Championships. He says:
- Hearing aids are helping people with hearing loss to get a more active lifestyle. We believe in and hope that attracting the World Deaf Championships to Denmark can help to increase awareness about the fact, that you can easily enjoy a very active lifestyle and pursue your ambitions and dreams, even if you have a hearing loss.

- This event will provide a huge boost for Danish deaf sport for years to come. Hopefully we will be able to attract more big international events to Denmark. So this is great, concludes Joachim T. Krøyer.

Soon the all this hard work will take place in a great event in perfect settings, where the exclusive Copenhagen Royal Golf Club provides the venue for the tournament and the golfers are staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The stage is set for a great experience for both players and spectators.

For additional information about the World Deaf Golf Championships, please contact: Mette Bertelsen, Press Officer, phone +4593600160, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Every second year the World Deaf Golf Federation organizes World Deaf Golf Championships. The first World Deaf Golf Championships was held in 1995 in England.

50-60 hearing and Deaf volunteers will provide transportation, media coverage, events, guide services, driving etc. On site there will be those languages: Spoken English and Danish, Danish sign language and International Sign. About 30 international and Danish Sign Language interpreters will ensure that bridges are being built between languages and cultures.


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