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Special Announcement
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USA Teams are set for 2024 WDGC!

The first World Deaf Golf Championships was contested in 1995 in England at Forest of Arden Golf Club. 58 golfers from eight nations participated and Doren Granberry of the United States came out victorious.

 

The WDGC is operated by the World Deaf Golf Federation. The Championships are held every two years and various countries put in bids for the right to host the WDGC in respective years. The WDGC then grants the rights after review.

 

The WDGC has been held in the USA three times with the most recent being in Lihue, Hawaii in 2022. The other two were held in 1998 at The Bridges GC in Pennsylvania and 2014 at Grand Traverse Resort in Michigan.

 

The 2024 WDGC will be hosted in Australia and Team USA will have 16 golfers.

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Men's Open Division Team

Jay-Jay Botha
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Jay-Jay Botha

Georgia

Jason Neubauer

Maryland

1st Appearance

3rd Appearance

Mark Sorokin
Pono Tokioka

Mark  Sorokin

Justin "Pono" Tokioka

Arizona

Hawaii

1st Appearance

5th Appearance

Women's Open Division Team

Ashlyn Johnson

Ashlyn Johnson

California

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Erica Pressley

Patty Lopez

Erica Pressley

Colorado

Texas

5th Appearance

2nd Appearance

2nd Appearance

Melissa Stockton

Melissa Stockton

Florida

7th Appearance

Susan Zupnik

Susan Zupnik

Florida

12th Appearance

Men's Seniors Division Team

Eric Brumm, Jr.
Michael Finneran

Eric Brumm, Jr.

Michael Finneran

Missouri

California

7th Appearance

7th Appearance

James Kim
David Ramirez

James Kim

David Ramirez

Nevada

Nevada

4th Appearance

3rd Appearance

Individuals

Senior Men's:

 - Gerald Isobe

2024 Winter Cup

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The 2024 Winter Cup was set to be contested at Eagle Ridge Golf Club  in Summerville, Florida on February 10th and 11th. The Villages, a massive retirement community, was only minutes away. 40 golfers traveled from all over the USA to Florida. Several Villagers as well as residents from different parts of Florida also participated in the fun-filled event.

 

The event started off with a draft party where several WC participants and non-golfers gathered together to watch Captains Kevin Hall and Brandon Babineux select their teams. The party was held at Gator Dockside in the beautiful Village Square of Spanish Springs. Both captains alternated their picks until two teams of 20 golfers each were set. Hall and Babineux displayed two different strategies when it came to selecting their teams. Hall went with selecting as many Florida golfers as he could while Babineux focused on handicaps. After an hour of discussion and picks, the teams were set.

 

Beautiful, sunny weather greeted the golfers on Saturday as golfers gathered at Eagle Ridge and excitement was in the air. Several golfers went to the range or the putting green to warm up while others chose to go to the 19th hole to relax and chat. The formats for the competition were scramble for the first nine holes and shambles for the second nine. In the scramble format, each team of two golfers would play their shots, select their best shot and continue in that fashion until the ball was in the hole. In shambles, the two golfers would play their tee shots and select the best one. From there, they would play their own ball all the way. Handicaps were also factored in. Captain Hall’s Red Team scored 109 points to Captain Babineux’s Blue Team 90 points.

 

Gorgeous weather greeted us yet again for Sunday’s individual match play. Both captains would decide which golfer from their team compete against a golfer from the other team. Captains Hall and Babineux chose to face off against each other. Hall got off to a fast start on the first nine holes, building a large lead. With the match seemingly getting away from Babineux, he finally woke up and found his game. Babineux mounted a comeback and played stellar golf on the back 9 while a reeling Hall fought a balky driver and a cold putter. The match ended up being tied. The Blue team tried to rally and overcome the 19 point deficit with several matches being blowouts but in the end, the gap was too much. The Red team pulled out the victory with 305.5 points against the Blue team’s 289.5 points. Captain Hall’s strategy paid off as the Florida golfers earned the bulk of points. Kelly Maggi earned the most points with 28, scoring 14.5 points in the individual match as well as 13.5 points with partner Dennis Berrigan.

 

The general consensus was that the 2024 Winter Cup was a success as everyone had a lot of fun and the golf course provided a lot of variety with the four nines. Golfers were already looking forward to the 2025 WC as it will be held yet again in Florida, date and location to be determined. It is possible we will return to Eagle Ridge although it will not be scheduled during Super Bowl weekend!!

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New USDGA Logo

New USDGA Logo

 

After a year long discussion, The USDGA Board came to an agreement to update our logo with two new ones. The original logo was designed about 25 years ago and with it only displaying a male golfer, we felt that it did not reflect the modern culture. So we came up with two logos that we thought would be simple, relevant, memorable, timeless and versatile.

 

The two logos serve different purposes. The logo displaying two golf clubs is more traditional and will be shown on letterheads as well as accessories like caps, various bags including golf bags and other things. The logo displaying a golf ball is designed to be easily embroidered on shirts without issues.

 Logo designed by Lika Rau-Reece

If you would like to make a donation that would go towards supporting both teams and individuals participating in the WDGC, please go to this link.
"SPONSORS"

Your support is greatly appreciated!!

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