Date: April 17, 2013

Aussie hot shots in Macau

Golfers With An Intellectual Disability To Compete At Special Olympics Asia Pacific Golf Masters 22 – 27 April 2013, Macau

Special Olympics Australia is delighted to announce that on 22 April 2013, six Australian golfers with an intellectual disability will tee off at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Golf Masters in Macau, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments on the Special Olympics sporting calendar.
The Australian team will compete against golfers from: Austria, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, South Africa and South Korea.

The tournament, which is in its second year, will be held at Caesars Golf Macau, a par-71 course that emulates the very best in traditional links-style golf courses, and participating athletes will be able to take part in level 1, 2 and 5 competitions being: individual skills, alternate team shot play and 18-hole individual stroke play

Players competing: 

Jayden Wright (VIC) has been playing golf for over fifteen years and spends many Saturday’s on the course. He thinks Special Olympics is great, golf is great and the opportunity to go to Macau is great. His favourite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Philip Mahoney (VIC) is a keen sportsman taking to the golf course at least three days a week and also playing basketball three days a week. He says he is very proud to be able to represent his country and he can’t wait to play on the great golf course in Macau.

Amanda Patterson (QLD) is excited about representing Australia at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Golf Masters Tournament and says she is looking forward to trying different food, meeting new friends and playing good golf, just like she did at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2011 where she won a silver medal for Australia.

Kathryn (Kate) Wilson (QLD) is an avid golfer and in 2011 she returned from the golf course for the Special Olympics World Summer Games with a gold medal for Australia. She is looking forward to looking around Macau, meeting new people and playing her best golf.

Darren Tait (ACT) enjoys Special Olympics and loves golf. He is looking forward to the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Golf Masters Tournament because he is excited to play golf in another country and meet athletes from different places around the world.

Song Ng (WA) is straight to the point. He likes to win so what he is most looking forward to in Macau is returning home with a medal! He also hopes to do a bit of sightseeing. Song enjoys playing golf with Special Olympics and he also swims three times a week with the Superfins.

The six Australian athletes will be supported by three volunteer officials: Kevin O’Byrne (VIC), Lindsay Murphy (WA) and Lenore Wilson (QLD).
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Special Olympics Australia is part of the world’s most powerful social movements that improves the lives of people with an intellectual disability through the transformative power of regular sport, competition and social inclusion.