Region C Golf Skills
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What Is Golf?
Golf provides Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to develop their golf skills by participating in Individual Skills Competition, 3-Hole and 6-hole competitions. Golfers who have the ability to put all of the skills together can participate in 9-hole competition. Unified golf allows for athletes and their non-disabled peers to form teams in 9-hole competition.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in golf compete locally at Region Qualifying events. Athletes are then eligible to advance to state championships at the Outdoor Sports Festival held in Decatur in September.
Golf Events Offered in Illinois
- 9-hole competition
- 9-hole aggregate team play
- 3-hole, 6-hole or 9-hole competition
- Individual Skills Competition (Short & Long Putt, Chip Shot, Pitch Shot, Iron & Wood Shot
Coach Packets will contain a roster of your athletes and athlete name tags
- Please be prepared to assist athlete groups as they rotate to each station
- Make sure athletes have enough sunscreen, water, etc for the day. Please have your athletes dress appropriately for the heat & sun.
- Athletes will be rotating through the Skills Stations in groups. Please locate your athlete’s group number on their name tag. Please have your athletes report to the volunteer with the sign that matches the number on their name tags before 9:00am.
- Athletes should have their own correct clubs for the skills they are completing. We will provide golf balls.
- First place winners will be eligible to advance to the 2023 State Golf Tournament- September 9-10, 2023 Hickory Point Golf Course.
There is no seating available on the course, athletes will be able to sit on the ground while waiting for their turn if they have trouble standing for long periods of time.
8:15am – 8:45am – Coach Registration
8:45am – 9:00am – Opening Ceremony
9:00am – 12:00pm – Competition
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Athletes should have their own correct clubs for the skills they are completing. We will provide golf balls.
Awards will be presented to athletes once divisions are completed.
***Lunch will not be served at this event.***
Please see the attached proof and make sure that all athletes are entered and have the correct score. Let me know if you catch any errors. Please email me any errors or updated scores by Monday, July 17th. There will be no changes made after 7/17.
To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.
To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.