The World Deaf Golf Championships was first played in 1995 in England at the Forest of Arden GC.
58 golfers from 8 nations took part and the championship was won by Doren Granberry USA.
Since then, the competition has grown and now includes ladies and seniors events. The largest turn out was in 2018 at Carlton House GC, Ireland with 115 players from 19 countries.
The event has become a stepping stone for top amateurs to make the transition into professional golf. World Champions Allen John (2016), Diksha Dagar (2018) and Paul Waring (2018) have all made this leap.
Deaf golfers compete in top amateur events at home and internationally as well as Deaf-only competitions. This makes the World Championships a highly valued prize amongst nations and the competition is very close and makes exciting viewing for spectators!
The Championships are owned by the World Deaf Golf Federation who give the rights to host the event every two years. England are the host for 2020 - a ‘coming home’ event to celebrate 25 years since the first event - again at the Forest of Arden.
Eric Brumm is the only current golfer who did participated at the first WDGC!
There are two new categories are making their debut this summer, Super Senior’s Men Team, with age 65 and up and Senior Women’s Team (age 50 and up)
Keith Worek is the defending Senior’s Men Championship and aims for his second straight win.
We have 32 golfers for the 2020 WDGC in England. It is the largest number of golfers from a country since WDGC was established. The USDGA Board members are excited to see the large number of participants in WDGC