• National Deaf Golf Association (NDGA) formed


  • First Annual NDGA Tournament was held at Meadow Hill Country Club in Denver, CO

  • 20 golfers participated

  • Joel Jordan won the tournament


  • Jim Hynes learned that there were several national deaf golf associations in Europe

  • Someone approached him on whether the United States has deaf golfers that would be interested to compete against the European teams


  • Jim Hynes initiated efforts to establish a national deaf golf association here in the United States

  • While the organizational details were still being ironed out, United States managed to send its first national deaf golf men’s team to participate in the first World Deaf Golf Championship in Warwickshire, England

  • While the Championship was held, the World Deaf Golf Federation (WDGF) was formally established to oversee and sponsor the biennial world deaf golf championships under auspices of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)

  • Jim Hynes of the United States was elected as First Vice President of the Federation.

  • The United States’ deaf golf men’s team captured first place team honors while its captain, Doren Granberry scored the lowest combined individual scores to win as the first official world deaf golf men’s champion

  • On November 2, 1996, United States Deaf Golf Foundation (USDGF) established


  • USDGF was formally approved as a national sports organization to be affiliated with the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF)

  • Recognized as a non-profit incorporation with the state of Maryland


  • USDGF hosted the 2nd World Deaf Golf Championships in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

  • 11 countries participated

  • The USA deaf golf men’s team captured first place team honors for the second straight time, and Eric Brumm of Missouri won the top world individual honors

  • Neil Johnson served as a honorary captain with the team

  • NDGA Tournament concurrently held with the second World Deaf Golf Championships in Abbottstown


  • USDGF formally was approved as a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • In order to retain its incorporation status with the state of Maryland, and its 501 © (3) nonprofit status with the IRS, the USDGF outlined its mission and goals as follows:

  1. To organize and operate national level deaf golf tournaments under the auspices of USADSF in order to send official USA deaf golf teams to the World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC). The Championships are held biennially for both team and individual competitions at an alternate host country.

  2. To sponsor a summer golf camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth.

  • There was a national qualifying tournament held jointly by NDGA and USDGF in Utah to determine the USA deaf golf men’s team for participation in the 3rd WDGC in Sun City, South Africa

  • NDGA ceased operations and merged to USDGF


  • During the WDGC in South Africa, 3 deaf golf women submitted a proposal to the WDGF asking that there be separate Championships for deaf golf women’s play (team AND individual competition) and approved starting next tournament, respectively

  • Susan Zupnik was one of three women pioneers that contributed to the establishment of the world deaf women’s championships

  • The USA deaf golf men’s team captured first place team honors for the third straight time, however top individual honors in men’s competition went to Ryan Lotz of South Africa


  • USDGF held its first United States Deaf Golf Championships (USDGC) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


  • For WDGC in Ireland, Verizon Communications donated $5,000 and Jack & Barbara Nicklaus made an anonymous donation to the USA deaf golf teams fund

  • In the world deaf golf men’s team and individual competitions, the United States finished for third place with team honors

  • For men's individual, champion was Cedric Touzard of South Africa

  • Patty Sue Ploysa of New York won the first official women’s individual championship while the USA deaf golf women’s team came in first in team competition

  • Susan Zupnik was the first female to serve on the Federation Board of Directors


  • USDGF selects Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Club as the site of 2nd USDGC on July 9-12, 2003 in Pinehurst, North Carolina

  • Seniors Division includes for the first time in the competition

  • WDGF adds Seniors Division, for individual competition only


  • In the world deaf golf men’s team competition in Sweden, the United States recaptures first place

  • The individual men’s champion is Cedric Touzard of South Africa, successfully defend his title

  • The United States women’s team also successfully defend their title

  • Linda Davis of Australia wins first place in women’s individual competition

  • Jun Oishi from Japan wins the first official seniors’ individual championship

  • In the fall, the USDGF board increases to the number of Board members to a total of 10.

  • USDGF selects Greater Rochester Deaf Golf Association to host 3rd USDGC at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York


  • 48 golfers participate in the USDGC at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York

  • Doren Granberry of California won the men's individual competition on the first hole of sudden-death playoff over Bill Roberts of Missouri

  • Patty Sue Ploysa of New York accomplishes her defending title with the victory for women's division

  • Wally DeVe of Oregon wins the individual seniors' division

  • USDGF name has changed to United States Deaf Golf Association (USDGA)


  • USDGA's dominance continues by winning the overall team and individual titles at the 6th WDGC at Red Tail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  • Brandon Babineaux of Minnesota won the men’s individual title

  • Linda Davis of Australia won the women's division

  • The USA women win the team title

  • Wally DeVe of Oregon won the seniors' division

  • USDGA announced exemptions policy for champions and runner-ups of state and local deaf golf associations to participate in the 4th USDGC in Caseyville, Illinois


  • United States Golf Association (USGA) extends $20,000 grant for the Championships, a first in USDGA’s history

  • A Hall of Fame program will be held during the banquet of the Championships, also a first-time ever

  • 11 deaf golfers, 9 men and 2 women, will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on basis of their exemplary championship play and/or leadership at national, regional, state, and/or local deaf golf association levels


  • The United States Deaf Golfers competed against 15 countries at Sam Torrance Golf Club in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

  • Melissa Stockton of Utah was declared the world deaf women’s champion

  • The USA Women’s team earned a first place berth

  • The USA Men’s team did not play up to their defending championship expectations, Doren Granberry was the sixth best individual with Tim Dapp who also played well but had to withdraw after hurting his back in bad fall on the course

  • However, with help from Jed Barish, Daryn Taylor, Mike Houston and Dano Aldaz, the USA team struggled to fifth place finish against a very strong field of European golfers

  • The USA Senior Team did not do better with Jose Sermeno’s ailing case of flu and chills. Joe Rourke didn’t play to his par and 75-year old George Dyess got disqualified on the first day when he failed to sign his scorecard

  • For the first time, USDGA collaborated with Jason Scarth of Britannia Golf travel agency to handle logistics for golfers and non-golfers

  • From this experiment, it is believed that this type of collaboration should be done again when the USA teams compete at 2012 WDGC to be held in Japan.


  • The Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville, Ohio hosted as the site of the 6th USDGC

  • 4 men golfers inducted into the USDGA Hall of Fame