State Golf Tournament

What is State Golf?

State Golf is one of nine state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Golf. Young Athletes will have the opportunity golf skills. 200 athletes compete over this weekend and bring the joy of sport to Decatur.

Competition Information

The State Golf Tournament represents the final tournament for our golfers as they show off their love of the game and demonstrate the skills they have developed. Athletes may compete in Individual Skills Competition, 3-Hole Competition, 6-Hole Competition or 9-Hole Competition. Athletes may choose 1 event. Athletes/Partners competing in Unified Golf may only compete in Unified Competition.

Competitors are expected to walk during the competition. Request for use of a power cart must be made to the Director of Sports and Competition at the time of the entry deadline. Requests will be handled on an individual basis and proof of medical need will be required from a doctor. Unapproved cart usage will result in disqualification.

Individual Skills athletes will be showing off their Golf skills in short & long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, bunker shot and iron & wood shot. They will be competing against others within divisions for the best scores.

Facility Information

Location

SITE: Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur, IL

  • Golf – Hickory Point Golf Course
  • Young Athletes – Hickory Point Golf Course

Event Details

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. Times only reflect actual competition times and do not include time frames for coach meetings, weigh-in times, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

  • Saturday, 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, 9am-2pm

Golf Live Scoring

Information on live scoring will be forthcoming.

Young Athletes

Young Athletes aged 6 and 7 will be invited to participate and showcase their talent in Decatur!  Young Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in Golf Individual Skills.

Spectators

Spectators are allowed to attend the State Golf Tournament if they sign the COVID Code of Conduct Form. Spectators are encouraged to complete the form on-line using this link: https://www.soill.org/event-spectators/ .  Spectator access to the shuttles will be monitored to ensure all spectators have signed the COVID Code of Conduct.  Those unwilling to sign the form will not have access to shuttles.

Volunteer Information

Caddie Volunteer Opportunities

Caddies assist 1 golfer in their selection of clubs and may give athlete verbal suggestions.   Caddies are expected to walk with golfer for the entire 9 holes.  Caddies must know the athlete and be familiar with their golfing style. Golf clubs must stay on carts. Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12. If you are interested in volunteering to be a caddie, please click the link below.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony will take place at Hickory Point Golf Course on Saturday at 8:20am.  The condensed Ceremony will kick off the 2021 State Golf Tournament. 

Souvenirs

Souvenirs are available by pre-order only.  Please click the button below to submit your order. 

Orders will be available for pick-up at the tournament.  If you are unable to pick-up your items at the event then you can pay to have them shipped to you.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

Families

All families are encouraged to stop by the family registration area at the golf venue to pick up a free raffle ticket and event information.  Hours are as follows:

                        Golf                            8:30am – 1:00pm      Saturday

Text Alerts and event Status Updates

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website for updates. Please revisit this page the week before the tournament to find a number to text to receive all event status updates and weather alerts. 

Supporting Documents

2021 State Golf Tournament Event Handbook Memo

For assistance in securing a hotel room for this event please visit: www.decaturcvb.com

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.

Results

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.

COVID Procedures

Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks, but may choose to still do so.

Participants not fully vaccinated, but who are medically able should continue to wear a mask the majority of the time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.  Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:

https://www.soill.org/wp-content/uploads/2-High-Risk-Fact-Sheet-7.9.20.pdf