Date: January 27, 2012

Besley wins National Deaf Championship

Deaf Golf Australia were the proud hosts of the 20th Australian Deaf Golf Championships that was held at Thirteenth Bach Golf Links at Barwon Heads, Victoria on 16 to 20 January 2012. This was part of the Australian Deaf Games which included 16 sports such as netball, cricket, futsal, volleyball, etc. A great week was had by all. We had a record 44 participants in the Golf Tournament including 37 Men and 7 Ladies, from 5 states. Well done everyone on making the effort to attend these Championships. Lovely warm weather greeted those golfers, and 13th Beach Golf Links proved to be a tough but fair golf course. We would like to congratulate the following winners : Mens Scratch Foursomes Champions – Luke Ellis & Andy Honeysett (NSW) – 82 Mens Nett Foursomes Champions – Joel Smales & Paul Filleul (WA) – 77.5 Ladies Scratch Foursomes Champions – Therese Pierce & Karon Fowler (VIC) – 108 Ladies Nett Foursomes Champions – Jennifer Maric & Wendy Home – 88 Mens State Foursomes Champions – NSW – 171 Mens Individual Champion – Jack Besley (Vic) – 280 Mens Nett Champion – Robert Fogarty (Vic) – 271 Ladies Individual Champion – Maree Evans (NSW) – 365 Ladies Nett Champion – Therese Pierce (Vic) – 290 Seniors Individual Champion – Tony Klimek (WA) – 334 Seniors Nett Champion – Tony Bain (Tas) – 286 Mens State Teams Champion – NSW – 1275 Ladies State Teams Champion – QLD – 844 King of the Pins – Men – Ben Clifford – TAS King of the Pins – Ladies – Jennifer Maric – QLD We would also like to congratulate Jack Besley (Victoria) for his worthy win of the Athlete of the Games and also to the NSW Deaf Mens Golf Team for their win of the Team of the Games. It is rare that golf is on front page at the Closing Ceremony. Well done to all involved. Deaf Golf Australia would like to thank the following people & organisations for their support during the event:- 2012 Australian Deaf Games Organising Committee Deaf Sports Australia Gavin Balharrie and Janelle Hayden as Sports Covenors Ray Turner – Tournament Referee Daryl & Maree Gabriel – volunteers 13th Beach Golf Links for a marvellous venue The Australian Team Squad to attend the 2012 World Deaf Golf Championships in Mie, Japan, based on positions and eligibility at the 2012 Australian Deaf Golf Championships was confirmed as follows: Mens : Jack Besley (Vic), Luke Ellis (NSW), Andy Honeysett (NSW), Ben Clifford (Tas) and Mark Aird (Qld). Players Number 6 – 8 will be announced in the upcoming months. Ladies : Maree Evans (NSW) and Jennifer Maric (Qld). Further players will be announced in the upcoming months. Seniors : Tony Klimek (WA) and Kevin Hayden (Qld). Further players will be announced in the upcoming months. It was also announced that the next Australian Deaf Golf Championships would be held at Perth, in October 2013. This will also be a selection tournament for the Australian Team to attend the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Congratulations to everyone once again.