Region E Golf – 9 Hole and Unified Competition
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
This golf event will have opportunities for 9-Hole and Unified competition play.
There is an indoor clubhouse with access to bathrooms and food/drink available for purchase. The course will be open to the public both before and after the competition, but not during.
Note – schedule is subject to change based on registration
Athlete/Unified Partner Check: 8:00 AM
Athlete Registration / Volunteer Check in: 8:15 AM
Volunteer Training: 8:30 AM
Athlete/Partner Staging: 8:45 AM
First Tee Time: 9:00 AM
- Appropriate athletic attire / uniforms (see rule interpretations for specifics)
- Golf Clubs
- Golf Balls
- Be prepared for the weather, this is an outdoor event (sunscreen, extra layers, etc)
Athletes and partners will be divisioned prior to the event based off qualifying scores. Athletes and partners will be awarded at the event. Those who earn a gold medal in their division will advance to the State Golf Competition.
A lunch will be provided for athletes only.
Who We Are
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development.
If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.