Mask Requirement Statement
Special Olympics Illinois will follow updated IDPH and CDC mask requirements in regards to counties with escalated COVID transmission rates. The State Golf Tournament venue is located in Macon County that has a current transmission rate of “High”. “Substantial” or “High” transmission ratings result in the requirement for everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, to wear a mask in public indoor settings. This means that every individual entering Hickory Point Golf Club is required to wear a mask.
Athletes and Unified Partners are allowed to remove their masks while they compete but are required to have their masks on at all other times while inside the Golf Club.
Individuals are not required to wear masks for outside activities but are strongly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated. The transmission rating for Macon County will be reviewed on the morning prior to the tournament’s start and if it the rating does fall into the “Moderate” or “Low” categories then the mask requirement will be modified. However, this change is unlikely so please come prepared to wear a mask while inside the Hickory Point Golf Club.
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.
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.
SITE: Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur, IL
- Golf – Hickory Point Golf Course
- Young Athletes – Hickory Point Golf Course
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
- Please enter iWanamaker.com into your google search and open
- Register if you don’t already have an account:
- Create user name using your email
- Password must contain 1 capital letter, 1 number and a character
- To sign in:
- Click “Sign In” in upper right
- Enter user name and password
- Enter the 4 digit code sent to you via email
- To Find Event and Athlete:
- Click “Search” in upper right
- Type “SOILL” into the search box and press “Search”
- Click “View More Results” on bottom right of screen
- 4 events should pop up
- Click on event you would like to follow
- Watch Scores:
- Leaderboard listing all athletes in that event will pop up
- You will need to click refresh button (small circle with arrow above scores) to make sure you have the most up to date scores
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
Special Olympics Illinois will provide a $15.00 voucher to McAlister’s for dinner. Teams will come into the store between 4:30pm – 6:30pm to redeem the voucher that will allow each athlete and coach the choice of a sandwich, beverage and 1 side (soup, Mac & Cheese, fresh fruit, cucumber & tomato salad or potato salad.)
Vouchers are for each registered Athlete, Unified Partner and Coach. Vouchers can be redeemed at the restaurant on Saturday evening only. McAlister’s Deli is located at: 850 US-51, Forsyth, IL 62535
Text Alerts and event Status Updates
In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations text Golf to 844-393-0980.
- 2021 State Golf Event Handbook Memo
- 2021 State Golf Event Handbook
- 2021 State Golf Menu
- 2021 State Golf Coach Proof Report
- 2021 State Golf Agency List with Divisions
- 2021 State Golf Schedule Coach Memo
- 2021 State Golf Saturday Schedule
- 2021 State Golf Sunday Schedule
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.
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.
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: