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Home of the 2014 Match-Play Championships of American Blind Golf

The McCulloch Memorial

 

Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Official logo of Ridge Top GC & link to their website

 

 

The 2014 Championship returns to Ridge Top where it all began 10 years ago!

The organizing committee of the American Blind Golf Match Play Championship is proud to announce that the tournament has been moved to beautiful Ridge Top Golf Course.  Words cannot express our sincere appreciation to owner Jack Emery for his willingness to accommodate our needs.  It is an honor for ABG to conduct one of our Major Championships at his beautiful facility!  The Championship is a little over 2 months away and many of the details are falling into place!  Listed below are the events scheduled around the tournament:

 

          Golf ball bullet  Saturday, April 12th Golfers' Dream Raffle

          Golf ball bullet  Monday, June 23rd Sponsor "Meet & Greet" Mini-Scramble, Tam

 GC

          Golf ball bullet  Tuesday, June 24th Practice rounds, Ridge Top GC

               Golf ball bullet  Tuesday evening, Player Meeting & Wounded Warrior Welcome Wadsworth American Legion

          Golf ball bullet  Wednesday, June 25th First Round Competitive Tournament Ridge Top GC

          Golf ball bullet  Thursday, June 26th Final Round Competitive Tournament Ridge Top GC

               Golf ball bullet  Thursday evening Blind Golf Award Dinner Marie's Restaurant

          Golf ball bullet  Friday, June 27th "Fore" The Warrior Blind Golf Scramble & Warrior Speak Presentation

          Golf ball bullet  Saturday, June 28th Akron Rubber Ducks Double A Baseball Game

 

 

Links from the 2013 Tournament

WTAM Radio Promo   Tournament Champions   Podcasts from the Scramble   Tournament Donations to Date

 

The link below will take you to the American Blind Golf YouTube channel and the video of SGT Schei's keynote address at the Tournament Banquet following the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble

SGT Schei's Speech

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the McCulloch Memorial and coincides with the 10th anniversary of Wounded Warrior Project, a major recipient of the funds raised through the event.  Our theme this year is:

THE POWER OF 10!

 

Denny McCulloch & his coach Art                               Official logo of Wounded Warrior Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Links of Interest

 

Video Introduction Page

McCulloch Tribute

McCulloch Tribute

Inaugural Tournament

Past Champions

2010 McCulloch Cup

American Blind Golf

Mark & Mike's Page

 

 

Our Mission Statement

Through our unique talents as blind/visually impaired golfers

We strive to

"Motivate, Inspire & Serve"

all those who deal with the loss of sight

 

We are an official sanctioned tournament of 

American Blind Golf

 

Official ABG trademarked logo

 

Thank you for visiting the home of inclusive blind/visually impaired golf in Ohio.  This page, as all of the pages of the site, have been constructed through the use of assistive technology.  We hope the site is accessible to those who depend on magnification and screen-reading software, while still remaining appealing to the general surfing public.

 

 

 


 

 

In Tribute to our Friend

In the spring of 2006 Denny lost his two year battle with cancer.  In his memory, the members of the Rittman Lions, along with the Blind Golfers, decided to honor him by naming the tournament the McCulloch Memorial Match Play Championships.  In 2010 we hosted the Ryder Cup of Blind/Visually Impaired Golf, The McCulloch Cup.  We returned to the match play format in 2011 and look forward to hosting the Match Play championships for years to come!

 

Picture of Denny McCulloch & his long time coach Art McKenzie

 

 

Photo of Schei & Elliot in front of the Bill Arnold monument at Ridge Top GC

SGT Schei & SGT Elliott 

The picture on the left was taken at Ridge Top Golf Course on Monday prior to the start of the Championship.  Tournament Director Mark Arnold & Roger Cline wanted Schei & Elliott to play Ridge Top, the host of the very first Match Play Championship in 2005.

 

A great time was had by all!

 

 

 

Pictured below are participants from the 2013 tournament as they display the new Chromax golf balls.

Chromax Golf

Their balls are never out of sight!

 

Photo of ABG Players & Coaches

 

Congratulations Champions!

 

B1 Phil Blackwell & his coach

B2 Bruce Hooper & coach Judy Hooper

B3 Scott Aughtry & coach Mickey Aughtry

Stableford Champion Doug Penner & coach Dave Emberley

Twenty blind and vision impaired golfers traveled to Ohio to compete in the 9th annual Match Play Championships of American Blind Golf.  Players from the US, Canada, and Scotland competed for the prestigious titles in each sight category.  Many of the players described the RAWIGA Golf Club as our own Merion Golf Club because even though the course is relatively short, it is a classic design that requires shot placement, approaches to small bunkered greens, and tricky putting.  You do not want to hit the ball right or left or over the greens.  The chip shots back to the crowned greens are very difficult.

 

Northeast Ohio has been blessed with considerable rain this year, so the course was soft, and played longer than it measured.  If you hit the ball in the rough, the grass was deep and difficult to move the ball forward.  Although rain was predicted each day, both competitive rounds were contested with no delays!

 

Competition Summary

B1 Sight Category

Phil Blackwell & his coach Sybil Blackwell from South Carolina defeated the defending champion, Mario Tobia from New Jersey.  Phil now holds both the stroke play championship that was held in San Antonio last October, and now the match play championship.  Mario is a two time winner of both events.  Recently Mario Tobia was awarded the most courageous sportsman of the year by the Sports Writers of Philadelphia.  This award has honored many notable athletes such as Ben Hogan.  The match was well contested with Phil prevailing in the end.

 

B2 Sight Category

This division was a hard fought match between Bruce Hooper from San Antonio and Charles Adams from Breckenridge, Texas.  Charles Adams was up for most of the match but Bruce Hooper mounted a comeback on the back nine.  In the end, Bruce won the match 1 up after 18 holes.  Congratulations to Bruce and his coach Judy Hooper.  Charles Adams is the current national B2 stroke play champion which he won last year in San Antonio.

 

B 3 sight category

Our current national stroke play champion Scott Aughtry and his coach Mickey Aughtry from Arkansas prevailed over Art Beauregard in a hard fought match.  Scott, who is a young man in his thirties, defeated Art Beauregard, a great player and defending champion from Tennessee.  Art and his wife Sue should be commended for putting up a great match against one of our youngest competitors.

 

Stableford Champion

This year's overall Stableford Championship was decided by the smallest of margins, one point.  In the end, Doug Penner and his coach Dave (Poppa Smurf) Emberley from Canada prevailed.  This was a special victory for Doug as the past year has presented him with numerous physical challenges.  All the players in attendance were thrilled for Doug as he has worked very hard in the past few months to regain his strength and rebuild his golf swing.  Congratulations Doug, all of us at ABG are glad you are back and competing once again!

 

The tournament raised $27,000 for charity.  Proceeds went to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Scholarships for adaptive technology for blind and visually impaired students.  The interesting thing about the scholarship awards this year is that it was divided between our youngest awardee, a 5 year old, and a graduate student at Carnegie Melon, our oldest awardee since the beginning of this American Blind Golf event.  The tournament also honored SSGT Aaron Hale who lost his eye sight trying to diffuse an IED in Afghanistan.  SSGT Hale, originally from Ohio, is now preparing to be a competitor in our ABG tournaments, as he completes his rehabilitation.  He and his wife and children, supported by sponsor Morton Salt, were flown from Florida to Ohio for our event.  He was greeted by the veterans motor cycle group called the Rolling Thunder and was escorted to our hotel upon arrival, and ended his visit by throwing out the first pitch at the double A Akron Arrows baseball game.  It was a great week, one that ABG was proud to organize.

 

 


 

Donations for the 2013 Tournament

$27,000!

        $13,400   Wounded Warrior Project

                It should be noted that $1,400 of the above donation

                came directly from the Wadsworth American Legion,

                Sons of the American Legion, Wadsworth VFW and the

                Members of their Auxiliaries

        $5,300   Adaptive Technology Scholarship Fund

        $6,000   VFW/American Legion Fund

        $1,000   Foundation Fighting Blindness

        $500   Honor Guard Uniform Fund

        $500   Trinity Rose Foundation

        $500   Challenge Golf Center Sponsorship

 

 

History of Tournament Beneficiaries

 

 

 

 

Scholarship Awards

2005

Austin Erne

Mary Krumwiede

2006

Amanda Hilty

Nick Jones

Nick Carter

2007

Jered Butts

Kelsey Nicolay

The Carter Family

Lizabeth Carter

2008

Griffin Miller

Nate Brantley

Kelsey Nicolay

Mary Krumwiede

Tia Pertee

2009

Samantha Bragg

Breanna Wadel

Nick Carter

Ryan Carson

2010

Griffin Miller

Jaxon Takis

Iver Manning

Kaitlyn Mullins

David Ziegler

2011

Sarah Bullington

Kiarra Roberts

Ben Serafinchon

Josh Serafinchon

Lizabeth Carter

2012

Amaya Nutter

Naudia Lenhart

Alexis Lange

Nathaniel Brantley

Austin Erne

Tricia Bartram

Nick Carter

2013

Russell Hinderman

Sarah Murphy

Jaxon Takis

Ryan Carson

Total to Date

$45,000!

  Scholarships & Donations to Date

As of the 2013   tournament, 40 Adaptive Technology Scholarships have been awarded for a total of $45,000.  Numerous other charities have also benefited through the support of all American Blind Golf's incredible sponsors.  In 2013 alone they included: The Wounded Warrior Project, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Wadsworth VFW/American Legion Veterans' Fund, The Honor Guard Uniform Fund, The Trinity Rose Foundation, and The Challenge Golf Center.

 

Pictured below are Mary Krumwiede & Austin Erne with Lion Dave Simpson

They were the initial  recipients in 2005

We are saddened to report that Lion Dave passed away this spring

Picture of Mary, her parents and Lion Dave Simpson          Picture of Austin and Lion Dave Simpson

 

Additional Donations 2006 - 2012

In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013 the funds raised through our generous sponsors enabled American Blind Golf to make $1,000 donations to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  In 2010 the donation  along  with a matching grant from FFB CEO Gordon Gund totaled $6,000!  In 2011 a donation of $4,000 was once again given to FFB along with donations to the Rittman Lions Charities, the Rittman Recreation Center and a donation to a Titleist  VP's favorite children's charity.  In 2012 a donation was also made to the SSGT Aaron Hale Family totaling $7,000!

Photo of the donation check from the 2008 tournament          Photo from the 2007 Foundation Fighting Blindness charity auction

The picture on the left shows Bruce Hooper from San Antonio, Texas (on the left) and Rittman Lion Todd Mohler (on the right) as they present the donation check to Joe Tait, long time radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers and close friend of Mr. Gordon Gund.  The picture on the right was taken at Westfield Country Club during the 2007 event.  From left to right are coach Steve Donaldson, player Brian MacLeod from Canada, Mr. Gordon Gund and tournament director Mark Arnold.  It was an honor to personally meet Mr. Gund the founder and CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

A Special Contribution

In 2008 Nathaniel Brantley was in desperate need of experimental iris replacement surgery that was not covered by his family's insurance.  The members of the Blind Golf Association, along with the Rittman Lions, donated $2,500 to be used towards the surgery.  Special thanks to the late Blind Golfer Dennis Smith and his wife Linda for their contribution in this regard.  They were the winners of the 50/50 Raffle at the Awards Ceremony and donated all $500 to the family.  Their demonstration of true Lionism will never be forgotten!  

Following the 2013 tournament our total charitable pursuit is 

Approximately $90,000!

 

Many thanks to our Major sponsors!

Morton Salt Luke Engineering
Rittman Lions

Beef 'O' Brady's of Wadsworth

Acushnet & the Titleist Brand 

BG's Main Event

Premier GMC

Wadsworth Holiday Inn Express

Medina Eagles Club

Beaver Meats of Smithville

Forrer Lawn Service

Kramer/Goyette DDS of Medina

Medina Exteriors

The Brew Kettle

Care Center Akron Children's Hospital

Fox Den GC

Golf Improvement Center

PGA Charities

Pine Hills GC

Ridge Top GC

Silver Lake CC

Tannenhauf CC

CELL O CORE
American Legion Post 170

House of LaRose Inc

Pro Swing Golf

Bill Doraty Kia

VFW Post 1089

Barberton Moose Lodge

Pepsi of Wadsworth

Marshallville Meats

Wadsworth Towing

Starbucks of Medina

Wadsworth Lions

White's Auto Body

Challenge Golf Center

Bunker Hill GC

Loyal Oak GC

Medina CC

RAWIGA Golf & Swim Club

Rustic Hills CC

Spring Hills GC

Advanced Auto

Wooster CC

 

 

 

Logo of Sports on Tap

 

Interviews from the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble

 

Sports on Tap Interview #1

The folks from Sports on Tap discuss the tournament in general and speak with Jim Gales from Scotland & his coach Norrie

 

Sports on Tap Interview #2

The crew from Sports on Tap interview sponsors attempting to hit a drive with blinders.  They also interview players Tim Jackson & B2 Champion Bruce Hooper.

Sports on Tap Interview #3

The crew from Sports on Tap wrap up the day at the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble.

 

Sports on Tap will be posting videos from the scramble on their YouTube channel in the next week.  A link will be listed soon...

 

 


Pictured below is SSGT Aaron Hale as he spoke at the American Legion Welcome Reception prior to the tournament.  Aaron stated that he was looking forward to improving his golf game and joining American Blind Golf as a competitor in the near future.  To view additional photos from the reception and read the article that ran in the Post Newspaper, please visit:

American Legion Welcomes Blind Golfers & Wounded Warriors

 

SSGT Hale speaking at the American Legion Welcome Reception

                 SSGT Aaron Hale

 

Below are photos taken at Military Appreciation Night at the Akron Aeros game where our 3 Wounded Warriors through out The First Pitch!

Photos during the entire week were taken by Tom Stugmyers.  ABG is greatly appreciative!

To view our Dropbox, please visit:

The 2013 Tournament Photo Gallery

In addition, Sarah Murphy took photos during the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble.  Please click on the link below to view her photos:

Sarah Murphy's Scramble Day Photo Gallery

 

Scoreboard from Canal Park home of the Akron Aeros

 

Retired SGT Schei throwing out the first pitch

Retired SGT Schei

Retired SSGT Hale throwing out the first pitch

SSGT Hale

Retired SGT Elliott throwing out the first pitch

Retired SGT Elliott

Jim Smith from Rolling Thunder throwing out the first pitch

Jim Smith Rolling Thunder

 

Contact the Tournament Director

 

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Posted

Tuesday, April 01, 2014