Region J Golf Three-, Six-, Nine-Hole and Unified Golf
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)
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.
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.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Please click here to register as a 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.
Athlete Leaders from the region will be on hand to help with key portions of the event.
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 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 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 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.
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