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Home of the 2019 Match-Play Championships of American Blind Golf

The "Memorial"


Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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The 2019 Memorial will take place from June 25 through June 28, 2019 at beautiful Hawks Nest GC!


Logo of Hawk's Nest Golf Course & link to their website


Quick Links for the 2019 Tournament

Sponsorship Opportunities     Scramble Registration     Tee Sign Sponsorship

Tentative 2019 Tournament Week Schedule     2019 Donations to Date


A Few Brief Updates

The Reverse Raffle has concluded and was a great success raising over $8,000 for the Tournament's Charities! 

The deadline for application has passed and the field is set.  This year's Tournament will feature 3 former World Champions and several past National Champions.  Once again, players from Canada will compete in the Championship.

One more final update...  Our honored speaker this year will be Mary Tallouzi a Gold Star Mother.  In addition, Retired SGT Deven Schei's mother will also take part in the week's events.



Links of Interest


Video Introduction Page

McCulloch Tribute

Inaugural Tournament

Denny's Dedication Page

Scholarship Recipients

Past Champions

SGT Schei & SGT Elliott

2010 McCulloch Cup

2012 Tournament Page

2013 Tournament Results

2014 Tournament Results

2015 Tournament Results

2016 Tournament Results

2017 Tournament Results

2018 Tournament Results

American Blind Golf

Mark & Mike's Page

Contact Ohio Blind Golf



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.



The 2019 Tournament & Our Charity Initiatives Are Underway!


The Kick off event for the 2019 Memorial Championship begins with the Military Appreciation Night that takes place during the first home football game of the Wadsworth Grizzlies.  Retired LCP Sal Gonzalez from Wounded Warrior Project took part in the festivities including the "flip of the coin."  Click on the links below to listen to the radio & television interviews that Sal did during his visit.


Photo from the WWLP 97.1 Studio


Sal's Radio Interview

Photo from the WCTV Studio


Sal's TV Interview


2019 Player Schedule


Tuesday, June 25,2019

Arrival of Players/Coaches and practice rounds at Hawk's Nest Golf Course.  Players are responsible to call and arrange their tee times.  The Player/Coach's Dinner will take place Tuesday evening at the Comfort Inn at approximately 7:00.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

First round of competition with shotgun start off the back at 9:15.  Tentative plans are underway for a late lunch gathering at a local sponsor.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Final round of competition with shotgun start off the back at 9:15.  Recognition Reception & Dinner at the American Legion Hall at approximately 7:00.  Players & coaches along with our honored soldiers will be escorted from the Comfort Inn to the Square in downtown Wadsworth accompanied by a police and motorcycle escort.

Friday, June 28, 2019

The "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble will take place at Hawk's Nest Golf Course.  Registration with hot dogs/burgers will begin at 11:30 with shotgun start at approximately 1:05.  PGA Professional Ron Tristano will be available starting at 11:15 for an instructional seminar for our Wounded Warriors & Blind Golfers.  Following the golf scramble, a barbeque dinner will take place.  As it is our tradition, the flag will be taken down accompanied by taps at dusk.


Donations for 2019 Have already Begun!





Adaptive Technology Scholarships 


Veteran Organization Support (Wounded Warrior Project, EOD Warrior Foundation, Greater Cleveland Fisher House and Newbridge Veteran Place



2018 Tournament Summary


The 2018 event officially begins in the fall of 2017.  Wadsworth High School contacted Ohio Blind Golf and asked if they would assist them in securing a representative from Wounded Warrior Project to take part in a Military Appreciation Football Game.  Retired SGT Schei gladly obliged and the event was a great success!  The link below is the interview Deven did prior to the event.

Deven Schei's Military Appreciation Game Interview on WCTV


The 2018 Tournament moved to beautiful Hawks Nest GC.  PGA Professional Chris McCormack welcomed ABG golfers and coaches with great anticipation as his facility hosted our National Match Play Championships.!  Although the course was dealing with a cool and wet spring, the superintendent and his staff did an excellent job putting the course in playing condition.

The first round of competition was shortened to a 9 hole cut down as the rain moved in to Northeast Ohio once again.  The final round went off without a hitch and the following Champions were crowned:

B1 Phil Blackwell & his coach Sybil Blackwell

B2 Bruce Hooper & his coach Judy Hooper

B3 Art Beauregard & his coach Sue Beauregard

Senior Net Champion George Thirkill & his coach Roger Cline

Overall Stableford Champion Rick Kush & his coach Eugene Jaworski


Following the final round, a reception was held to honor Champions at the American Legion Hall followed by a presentation by Jeremiah Paulie of the Wounded Warrior Project.  The links below ran in the Wadsworth Post following the Tournament.

Post Article #1

Post Article #2


The "Fore the Warrior" Charity Scramble was a great success!  Players were treated to a day of sunshine and a great barbeque dinner sponsored by Mission BBQ. 

The highlight of the event was the drawing for the painting donated by Retired Combat Engineer & Wounded Warrior Eric Schei.  The winner of the painting was ABG Coach Roger Cline.  In an emotional demonstration of his appreciation to ABG Co-Director Mark Arnold, he presented the painting to Mark.  Roger stated, "This painting needs to be hung in Mark's office and that is where it belongs." 

Thank you Roger I will be forever grateful!  Mark Arnold


As many ABG Members know, Erik was severely wounded in Iraq.  He was able to create this beautiful piece of art by holding the brush in his mouth.  The links below are photos of Erik's art work in various stages of development.  What an amazing accomplishment by a man facing so many challenges.  His efforts raised almost $1,000 for ABG's Adaptive Technology Scholarship Fund for area blind/ visually impaired students.  Thank you Erik you have truly impacted the lives of numerous individuals who deal with the loss of sight.


Erik's Painting Photo #1     Erik's Painting Photo #2     Erik's Painting Photo #3     Erik's Painting Photo #4

Erik's Painting Photo #5     Erik's Painting Photo #6     Erik's Painting Photo #7     Erik's Painting Photo #8

Erik's Painting Photo #9

The link below is the WWLP radio interview that was done prior to the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble featuring Wounded Warrior Jeremiah Paulie

Erik's Painting & link to the interview



2018 Donations





Adaptive Technology Scholarships 


Veteran Organization Support (Wounded Warrior Project, EOD Warrior Foundation, Greater Cleveland Fisher House, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, Newbridge Veterans Place as well as our Local American Legion)


Various local community initiatives; Challenge Golf Center, Marian's Closet & participation in numerous golf outings





2017 Tournament Summary


Congratulations to our Champions

B1 Sight Category

Phil Blackwell & Coach Sybil Blackwell

Runner Up Jack Hansen & Coach Russ Hansen

B2 Sight Category

Charlie Adams & Coach Nate Cline

Runner Up Bruce Hooper & Coach Judy Hooper

B3 Sight Category

Tom Marks & Coach Bob Marks Jr.

Runner Up Art Beauregard & Coach Sue Beauregard

Senior Champion George Thirkill & Coach Roger Cline

Overall Stableford Rick Kush & Coach Chris Tolton


2017 Donations





Student Adaptive Technology Fund  $8,500

Veteran Organization Support  $16,000 (Wounded Warrior Project, Newbridge Veterans Place, Greater Cleveland Fisher House, EOD Warrior Foundation and Wadsworth American Legion Auxiliary , Legion Riders & SAL

Trinity Rose Foundation $500

Mission BBQ Charity Cup Program $500

Local Community Support Wadsworth Student Trip to Arlington National Cemetery, Challenge Golf Center etc.  $2,000


Summary of the 2017 Event

The tournament matches themselves were closely contested and all Champions were deserving of their titles.  Unfortunately the "Fore" the Warrior Blind Golf Scramble was rained out.  Although there was no golf, several of our sponsors generously donated their entry fees to the tournament's designated  charities!  This enabled a donation of $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project!

Finally, Cindy Parsons, the mother and caregiver of her severely injured son, was our honored speaker from Wounded Warrior Project.  The link below will take you to a video of her address at the Reception Dinner.

American Legion Address by Care-Giver Cindy Parsons



Memorial Tournament Wrap Up 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Awardees!

Preston, Paisley, Niki & our youngest Awardee Madi Weaver                      Sophia Underhill & Family along with Mark Arnold


Pictured on the left is the Madi Weaver Jordan Family & pictured on the right the Sophia Underhill Family


Congratulations to our 2016 Champions!

B1 Phil Blackwell & Coach Sybil Blackwell Runner Up Mario Tobia

B2 Bruce Hooper & Coach Judy Hooper Runner Up Charles Adams

B3 Art Beauregard & Coach Sue Beauregard Runner Up Glenn Babcock

Senior George Thirkill & Coach Roger Cline

Overall Stableford Doug Penner & Coach Steve Donaldson

All of the final matches were tightly contested and the champions were deserving of their titles.


The week began with a benefit concert by retired Navy Corpsman Spencer Elliott on the Square in Downtown Wadsworth, and concluded with one of the most successful charity scrambles on Friday.

Retired Corpsman Spencer Elliott Benefit Concert

A note from the Memorial Tournament Committee:

Mark, Roger & Randy would like those who attended to know that through their collective efforts the tournament once again raised over $30,000 for our affiliated charities!  We trust that you do not find the below figures boastful but your efforts truly impact the lives of others.  We are so proud of each and every one that continues to support our event.  See you all next June!


2016 Donations


Charities Supported in 2016

National Organization Support: Foundation Fighting Blindness, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Foundation, Greater Cleveland Fisher House & Wounded Warrior Project $11,500

Adaptive Technology Scholarship Fund $7,500

Local Veteran Support: American Legion Post 170, VFW Post 1089 & their Auxiliaries $5,000

Direct Soldier Support: SSG Aaron Hale's Initiatives & Soldiers Attending the Tournament $3,500

Additional Charities: Trinity Rose Foundation, Challenge Golf Center... $2,500



2015 Tournament Recap

Retired SGT Schei Radio Interview   Tim Jackson Radio Interview   Retired Specialist Jason Brasse Radio Interview


Tournament Donations to Date 2015


Charities Supported for 2015

Wounded Warrior Project $15,000

Adaptive Technology Scholarship fund $7,500

Iron Will PTSD Project $1,500

Greater Cleveland Fisher House $1,000

Support for visiting Wounded Warriors $1,500

Donation to the Foundation Fighting Blindness $500

Donation to the Walk/Run on behalf of Payton for $500



2015 Summary & Tournament Results

In 2015 20 blind and vision impaired golfers returned to Wadsworth to compete in the 11th annual Match Play Championships.  The week began with the Player/coaches Dinner where the Player and Coach of the Year honors were presented.  The atmosphere was somewhat subdued as 2 long time players were unable to participate in the tournament due to illness.  Sadly, both Joe Hojnicki from Wisconsin and Brian MacLeod from Nova Scotia passed away later in the year from cancer.  Their contributions to the game of Blind Golf will never be forgotten

Linda Smith was awarded the Coach of the Year Award for an unprecedented second time.  Joan Moss, who was the 2014 awardees, stated that Linda deserved the honor as she has coached players in all three sight categories.  Joe Hojnicki, who was the 2014 Player of the Year, asked Mark Arnold to present the award on his behalf.  A tearful Brian Oglesbee from Georgia accepted the 2015 Player of the Year honor.  It was emotional for Brian as the two squared off in the finals in 2014.


Tournament Results

B1 Sight Category

Returning champion Brian Oglesbee & his coach Alex Oglesbee from Georgia defeated long time competitor Brad Eaton and his coach Mike Nugnes from Massachusetts.  The match was well contested with Brad fighting back from early deficits.  On the back nine, Brian stretched his lead and closed out the match on the 14th hole.  Congratulations on a well contested match!

B2 Sight Category

The match was well contested on the front nine with Bruce Staying in the lead between 2 and 3 holes.  Bruce pulled away on the back nine and won the match going away.  Congratulations to both Mark Arnold and his coach Randy Forrer, and Champion Bruce Hooper and his coach Judy Hooper from Texas.

B 3 sight category

Our current national stroke play and match play champion Tom Marks and his coach Bob Marks from Pennsylvania squared off against former match play champion Tim Jackson and his coach Carey Dean from Ohio.  This match was a tough battle for Tim as Tom was on fire and won the contest going away.

Senior Division

Champion Dan McDonald and his coach Dan McDonald Jr. from Canada

Overall Stableford

Champion Charles Adams from Texas and his coach Todd Mohler

Senior Stableford

Champion Jim Hamilton from Canada and his coach Linda Smith




2015 Spring Golf Raffle

Wow!  What can be said about our 6th Annual Golf Raffle?  The food was awesome, the beverages were great, the evening was completed in record time and the prizes were fantastic as always.  Congratulations to ABG Coach Steve Donaldson who won those incredible custom fit set of Titleist Clubs!!!  And, the best part of all, we raised over $13,000 for our affiliated charities!  Donations were made to Wounded Warrior Project, The Greater Cleveland Fisher House, The Iron Will PTSD Project and the Adaptive Technology Scholarship Fund for area blind and visually impaired students.  Thanks to all who supported the event!


The photo on the left below shows Tournament Director Mark Arnold presenting American Legion Commander Joe Rogers with a commemorative putter honoring POW's & MIA's as a token of appreciation on behalf of American Blind Golf.  The photo on the right shows Tournament Director Mark Arnold placing a $20 contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project at a recent fundraiser sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in Wadsworth.  The picture illustrates the partnership between ABG and WWP!  The ABG bracelet with the words, "Motivate, Inspire & Serve" and a WWP Survivor Strap are proudly displayed in the photo.


Photo of Mark and Joe with a superimposed picture of the putter showing the POW emblem and the inscription.                    Photo of both the ABG & WWP bracelets as a donation is placed in the tip jar.



Spring Raffle 2015 Photos



2015 Fall Raffle

Our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner was held last November and was an amazing evening.  A great time was had by all and we raised a lot of money for the upcoming 2015 tournament.  Donations were made to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Greater Fisher House being constructed near the VA Hospital in Cleveland.  The link below will take you to a video from the evening...

Fall Reverse Raffle Video


2014 Tournament

Post Raffle Article  Spring Raffle Photo Gallery  Freedom Scientific Interview  Post ABG/WWP Reception Article

Fox 8 Spot ESPN Golf Spin Show  Brian Oglesbee Interview Tuesday's Champions Dinner Video Champion's Dinner Photos "Fore" the Warrior Scramble Photos

2014 Closing Ceremony


The 2014 Tournament was an incredible success!  Our sincere appreciation to all our sponsors and supporters!


The highlight of the "Fore" the Warrior Scramble was a performance by LCPL Sal Gonzalez.  He Spoke of his experiences in Iraq and performs his heartfelt tribute to fallen soldiers, Heroes.

LCPL Gonzalez Performance


2014 Tournament Donations


$19,000   Wounded Warrior Project

                It should be noted that approximately $1,500

                came directly from the NTB Tire Raffle,

                approximately $3,500 through a golfing

                exhibition held at Tam O'Shanter GC

                and$560 from the American Legion/ VFW

                Auxiliary raffle/commemorative plaque sale

$6,500   Adaptive Technology Scholarship Fund

$4,000   VFW/American Legion Fund

$1,000   Foundation Fighting Blindness

$2,000   EOD Foundation

$1,000   Building Homes for Heroes

$2,500   Support to attending Wounded Warriors


The tournament committee would like to once again thank the players and coach's of American Blind Golf for attending the Championship and assisting the McCulloch Memorial in raising an incredible amount of money for our charities.  Your efforts have truly touched the lives of numerous individuals, particularly those who deal with the loss of sight and those who deal with the effects of battle.


Summary and Results


The week's festivities began on Monday afternoon at Tam O'Shanter GC when 8 ABG players and coaches participated in a 9 hole scramble exhibition with area sponsors.  Many thanks to Doug Mills for all his efforts organizing the event.  His hard work netted the tournament over $8,000!

On Tuesday evening following the practice rounds, the annual player and coaches meeting was held at Marie's restaurant.  At the dinner several special awards were presented.  The coveted "Blue Hats" were presented to all past champions and the Coach & Player Awards were announced.  Pat Murner, coach of Ron Murner and the 2013 awardee, presented the 2014 Coach of the Year Award to Joan Moss.  It was great that several members of Joan's family were in attendance.  Mark Arnold, the recipient of the 2013 Player of the Year Award, presented the 2014 honor to Joe Hojnicki from Wisconsin.  It was only fitting that Joe made the finals later in the week.  Two additional awards were presented in memory of Denny McCulloch and Dennis Smith.  These two gentleman were instrumental in bringing the event to Ohio back in 2005.  Their Honorary Blue Hats were accepted by Linda Smith and Doug Penner.  They will be forever remembered in tournament history!

This year 20 blind and vision impaired golfers traveled to Ohio to compete in the 10th annual Match Play Championships of American Blind Golf, the McCulloch Memorial.  Players from the US and Canada competed for the prestigious titles in each sight category including the coveted Super Senior Division.  

Weather was a major issue for the first time in tournament history as Northeast Ohio was somewhat cool and rainy.  The first day of competition was reduced to a nine hole cut-down as the back Nine at Ridge Top Golf Course had several holes under water.  Our sincere thanks to Jack Emery and his staff for working so diligently to prepare the course for play.  We were fortunate that no more rain fell after early Wednesday morning and our championship rounds on Thursday went off without a hitch!

Competition Summary

B1 Sight Category

First time major champion Brian Oglesbee & his coach Alex Oglesbee from Georgia defeated the 2014 Player of the Year, Joe Hojnicki from Wisconsin and his coach Chet Babcock.  The match was well contested with both players winning holes at the onset.  On the back nine, Brian stretched his lead to a few holes and held off a comeback by Joe to win the match.  Congratulations to both players for an outstanding championship round!

B2 Sight Category

This division was a hard fought battle just to make the championship finals.  A single Stableford point separated Bruce Hooper from Texas, Rick Kush from Canada and tournament host Mark Arnold from Ohio.  Mark finished one point ahead to make the finals against 2 time defending National Champion Charles Adams from Texas.  The match between Mark and Charlie was well contested on the front nine but Charlie pulled away on the back nine and won the match going away.  Congratulations to both Mark Arnold and his coach Randy Forrer and Champion Charles Adams and his coach Todd Mohler!

B 3 sight category

Our current national stroke play champion Scott Aughtry and his coach Mickey Aughtry from Arkansas squared off against first time competitor Tommy Marks and his coach Bob Marks from Pennsylvania.  This match featured two of the finest B3 golfers in the world.  The match went back and forth all day with Tommy prevailing in the end.  It appears these two players will be competing against each other for years to come!

Super Senior Division (over 80)

Congratulations to William (Uncle Bill) Forrer and his coach Steph Forrer from Ohio.  They defeated Gill Moss and his coach Joan Moss from Illinois in a back and forth match.  These titans of American Blind Golf dueled all day with Bill coming out on top.  Their rivalry is one of the most intense in our sport.

Stableford Champion

This year's overall Stableford Championship was decided by the smallest of margins.  In the end, Bruce Hooper and his coach Judy Hooper from Texas finished on top.  It was somewhat special as Bruce had called a penalty on himself earlier in the week for hitting the wrong ball that cost him a spot in the B2 finals.  Thank you Bruce for demonstrating the true sportsmanship of American Blind Golf to all who attended the Championship.


Tournament Highlights

The Championship raised over $35,000 for its affiliated charities.  Proceeds went to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Scholarships for adaptive technology for blind and visually impaired students.  At the banquet following the charity scramble, 3 year old Payton Schafrath, one of the scholarship recipients, received a Ruby magnifier from Freedom Scientific.  The unit will greatly assist her in seeing numbers and letters as she prepares for preschool this fall.

LCPL Sal Gonzalez was our honored Wounded Warrior representing Wounded Warrior Project.  His presentations both at the American Legion reception and the BBQ following the scramble were incredible!  Words cannot express the tournament's appreciation to Retired LCPL Gonzalez, Retired SGT Deven Schei and Retired SGT Stetson Elliott for attending our event and assisting us with our fundraising efforts.  They will be forever honorary members of American Blind Golf.  As was stated following the lowering of the flag at the tournament's closing ceremony, "The greatest tragedy for our Wounded Warriors is being forgotten."  Tournament Director Mark Arnold stated, "The citizens of Wadsworth will never forget; the folks attending this tournament will never forget; and American Blind Golf will never, never, never forget!"



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!

Denny McCulloch Dedication Page


Picture of Denny McCulloch & his long time coach Art McKenzie



the Boys

Following a chance meeting between Tournament Director Mark Arnold and SGT Deven Schei and SGT Stetson Elliott during the 2011 American Blind Golf National Championship in San Antonio, these two inspiring men have become integral parts of the McCulloch Memorial.  They are responsible for our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project.  Our sincere hope is that they will continue to attend our event for years to come.

Thank you again my adopted sons,

Mark Arnold


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 prior to the start of the 2012 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.  Having their pictures taken in front of Bill Arnold's monument was extra special.  SGT Arnold, Mark's father, was a WW II veteran that landed on the beaches of Normandy on the third day of the invasion.


A great time was had by all!



Links from the 2013 Tournament

WTAM Radio Promo          Tournament Champions          2013 Tournament Donations


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



Congratulations Champions!

2013 Summary & Results


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 a Merion style 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 was blessed with considerable rain in 2013, 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 SSG Aaron Hale who lost his eye sight trying to diffuse an IED in Afghanistan.  SSG 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


        $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




Pictured below is SSG 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


SSG Hale speaking at the American Legion Welcome Reception

                 SSG 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!

Scoreboard from Canal Park home of the Akron Rubber Ducks formerly the Aeros


Retired SGT Schei throwing out the first pitch

Retired SGT Schei

Retired SSG Hale throwing out the first pitch

SSG 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





History of Tournament Beneficiaries


Scholarship Awards


Austin Erne

Mary Krumwiede


Amanda Hilty

Nick Jones

Nick Carter


Jered Butts

Kelsey Nicolay

The Carter Family

Lizabeth Carter


Griffin Miller

Nate Brantley

Kelsey Nicolay

Mary Krumwiede

Tia Pertee


Samantha Bragg

Breanna Wadel

Nick Carter

Ryan Carson


Griffin Miller

Jaxon Takis

Iver Manning

Kaitlyn Mullins

David Ziegler


Sarah Bullington

Kiarra Roberts

Ben Serafinchon

Josh Serafinchon

Lizabeth Carter


Amaya Nutter

Naudia Lenhart

Alexis Lange

Nathaniel Brantley

Austin Erne

Tricia Bartram

Nick Carter


Russell Hinderman

Sarah Murphy

Jaxon Takis

Ryan Carson


Payton Schafrath

Faran Boymurodova

Anthony Andolek

Amaya Nutter


Payton Schafrath

Trinity Rose Student


Madi Weaver Jordan

Sophia Underhill


Trinity Rose Student

Payton Schafrath


Nick Jones

Jacey Copen

Northwestern 1st Grade Student


SA Lighthouse Student

Vivian Rauhaus

Zoey Shoyat

Black River Student

1 Grant Pending

Total to Date

58 Scholarships!

Over $87,000!

  Scholarships & Donations to Date

As we begin the 2019   tournament, 56 Adaptive Technology Scholarships have been awarded for a total of $85,000 plus!  Numerous other charities have benefitted, and will continue to benefit through the support of all American Blind Golf's incredible sponsors.  They include: Wounded Warrior Project, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, EOD Warrior Foundation, Building Homes for Heroes, The Greater Cleveland Fisher House, Local American Legion/VFW Initiatives and other sight related causes.  We are very pleased to announce that our total charitable contributions are approaching the $300,000 mark since the inception of the tournament!


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

They were the initial  recipients in 2005

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



A Very Special Presentation

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 presented 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.


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


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 2017 tournament, our total charities topped



Many thanks to our Major sponsors!




Logo of Hawk's Nest GC & link to their website

Wadsworth American Legion Post #170

Wadsworth American Legion Auxiliary

Wadsworth VFW Auxiliary

The Galaxy Restaurant

Legion Riders

Premier GMC

Wadsworth Holiday Inn Express

Medina Eagles Club

Forrer Lawn Service

Kramer/Goyette DDS of Medina

The Tasting Room

The Brew Kettle

The Steiner Family

Fox Den GC

PGA Charities

Ridge Top GC

Silver Lake CC

Tannenhauf CC

Fox Construction

Kelly’s Auto Service

Rowsburg Lions

William Halter Charities

Hawk's Nest Golf Course

Castle Noel Medina




Logo of Mission BBQ & link to the website


Wadsworth Sons of the American Legion

Wadsworth VFW Post #1089

Pepsi of Wadsworth

Challenge Golf Center

Medina CC

RAWIGA Golf & Swim Club

Spring Hills GC

Steel Plate

Fox Meadow CC

Shale Creek CC

Westfield Group CC

Silver Lake CC

Sandridge Food Corporation

Sysco Cleveland Inc.

B&K Concrete Construction

Chippewa Auto Repair

Nelson Land Care

AK Construction

Comfort Inn & Suites

Spunkmeyers Pub

CJ Dannemiller Company

Hilliard Rospert Inc.

Myers Drywall

Kings Island

Cedar Point



Additional ABG Sponsors


Contact the Tournament Director


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Wednesday, June 05, 2019