Region J Golf and Golf Skills

What Is Golf?

Special Olympics Illinois athletes develop their golf skills by participating in individual skills competition, three-hole and six-hole competitions. Golfers who have the ability to put all of the skills together can participate in nine-hole competition. Unified golf allows for athletes and persons without an intellectual disability to form teams in nine-hole competition.

As in all Special Olympics Illinois 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 the State Golf Tournament held in Decatur in September.

Golf Events Offered in Illinois


  • Nine-hole competition


  • Nine-hole aggregate team play


  • Three-hole, six-hole or nine-hole competition
  • Individual skills competition (short and long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron and wood shot)

Competition Information

Nine-hole and Unified will tee off starting at 9:00 AM. Three and six-hole will tee off after the Opening Ceremony. Skills will begin after the opening ceremony. Athletes will be placed into divisions based on entry scores.

Facility Information

Golf carts are available with a doctor’s note. Parking is available at the clubhouse and across the street. Restrooms and snack counter located in the clubhouse.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.


Athletes must provide their own clubs and golf balls. A refillable water bottled and other cooling items are recommended.


Awards will be given based on place in each division in each event.


Bottled water and Powerade will be available. Lunch will also be served.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the region will be on hand to help with key portions of the event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

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.  


Aug 02 2024


9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Oak Brook Golf Club
9157 Fruit Road, Edwardsville IL 62025
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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