Date: September 22, 2010

Australians compete in Blind Golf Challenge

A three-hole blind golf challenge was held at the Orchid Country Club’s Aranda course in Singapore in early September. Three blind golfers were paired with three Asian Tour professionals. Blind golfer Neil Baxter from England partnered professional Unho Park of Australia, Malaysia s Yam Ting Woo played with Singapore s Justin Han, and Australia s David Blyth with Singapore s Mitchell Slorach. The three professionals were blind-folded to create a sense of realism. The event was played very seriously with Neil and David s teams finishing equal in the Texas Scramble format. The three sighted players were full of praise for the blind golfers. The event was in the lead up to the Pro-am which unfortunately for Neil, Yam and David was interrupted due to rain. The initiative was driven by the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) Chairman Dr. Haruhisa Handa, who aimed to raise awareness for blind golf through his sponsorship of the Handa Singapore Classic. ISPS, through Doctor Handa&aposs chairmanship, is also the naming rights sponsor of the Handa Women&aposs Australian Open.