Blind golf founder goes back to where it all began

Deanna Minciullo with husband and caddie Clarrie Minciullo watch on as Jenny McCallum, with husband and caddie Ian McCallum, putts. Picture: David Baylis d495716
Deanna Minciullo with husband and caddie Clarrie Minciullo watch on as Jenny McCallum, with husband and caddie Ian McCallum, putts. Picture: David Baylis d495716

THE founder of Australian Blind Golf was one of 20 competitors to take part in the 30th Australian Blind Golf Championships at Collier Park Golf Club in South Perth recently.

Ron Anderson helped develop the national competition in 1989, with the first event held at Nedlands Golf Club.

Golfers compete with the assistance of volunteer caddies who act as their eyes, lining up the shot, finding the ball, talking about the course layout and more.

The 36-hole stroke event attracted competitors from WA, NSW, SA, Queensland and Victoria, including 2018 World Cup and Italian Open winner Michele Watts, 2010 British Open winner Graham Coulton and Blind Golf president Doug Sloan.

Queensland B1 golfer Glen Niciejewski, who has no sight at all, was the net and gross winner.

“I don’t know what I would have done if I had not found blind golf after I lost my sight in a car accident,” he said. “Thanks to Peter (Harrington), my coach and caddie, I have learnt a sport that I can play with no sight and has enabled me to meet other blind golfers from Australia and other countries.”