American Blind Golf

A National 501 C3 Non-Profit Golfing Organization

Trademarked ABG Logo

We Strive to

"Motivate, Inspire & Serve!"

all those who deal with the loss of sight


If you have lost all or part of your sight and you love the great game of golf, you have landed on the perfect website!


Page updated Tuesday, September 1, 2020


It is an understatement that the Corona Virus has affected the lives of all individuals around the world and the sport of Blind Golf is no exception.  Both the American Blind Golf National Open Championship in Texas and the Memorial Match Play Championship in Ohio were canceled.  Although the events were postponed until 2021, American Blind Golf continues to support our signature charities.  We take great pride that through the patronage of our Players, Coaches & Sponsors, we have assisted in raising over 1.3 million dollars in the past decade!


Celebrating the efforts of the San Antonio Lighthouse!

 2020 SA Lighthouse Easter Festivities         Players, Coaches & Patrons at the 2018 Scramble Dinner         2020 SA Blind Student Robotic Team


The photos above from left to right...  Picture #1 is a montage from the "Drive Thru" Easter celebration put on by the Lighthouse.  It shows adult volunteers handing out bags filled with colored eggs, games and candy.  The boys in the photo were certainly enjoying themselves!  Picture #2 is a photo showing numerous players, coaches and patrons following the 2018 "Fore" the Blind Charity Scramble.  Many of the fantastic auction items are visible on the table.  Picture #3 is a montage of the members of the Lighthouse Robotics Team.  These students were the first blind/visually impaired students to compete in the regional competition!  One of the students is shown operating the remote controlling the team's robot.


Honoring our Adaptive Scholarship Recipients & Wounded Warriors!


Payton Schafrath               Logo of WWLP and link to the 2019 Tournament Interview               Sophia Underhill & family


The photos above from left to right...  Picture #1 is a photo of Payton Schafrath, our youngest recipient of an Adaptive Scholarship.  She is wearing a yellow ABG T-shirt as she shows off her new plastic golf clubs!  Picture #2 is a montage of the ABG, Wounded Warrior and WWLP logos.  It also links to the 2019 tournament interview.  The photo also features the hot air balloon painting that was raffled off during the charity scramble.  Picture #3 shows Sophia Underhill and her parents along with ABG Co-Director Mark Arnold.  Sophia was presented an Adaptive Technology Scholarship following the 2016 charity scramble in Ohio.


ABG would like to sincerely thank both Freedom Scientific & Vispero for their continued patronage of our Adaptive Technology Scholarship Initiative!


ABG Introduction & Demonstration Video 



Links of Interest


Mission Statement

About ABG

ABG Code of Conduct

Become a Member

Initial Press Release

USABA Partnership

Ohio Blind Golf

ABG Facebook Page

ABG Ohio Facebook Page

ABG Twitter Page

ABG YouTube Channel

ABG Newsletters

Sight Categories

USGA Rules Modification

ABG Sponsors

Tournament Summaries


2021 Tournament Applications

June in Ohio

Match Play Championship (Word)

Match Play Championship (PDF)

October in Texas

ABG National Championship (Word)

ABG National Championship (PDF)

Our Mission Statement

Through our unique talents as blind/visually impaired golfers, ABG Players strive to "Motivate, Inspire & Serve" all those who deal with the loss of sight.


If you have lost all or part of your sight and love the great game of golf, you are in the right place!  As you explore the various pages of our website, we hope you will learn about the sport of Blind Golf and how it is played.  The pages have been constructed through the use of assistive technology which enables those using screen-readers and screen magnification easy access.  Please do not hesitate to contact ABG should you have any comments or concerns.

Who We Are

American Blind Golf (ABG) is a national 501 C3 non-profit golfing organization that promotes the game of golf for blind & visually impaired persons.  American Blind Golf was founded on the principle of providing golfing opportunities while partnering with organizations that support local and national blind charitable endeavors.

ABG Code of Conduct  

Players and their coaches are to observe proper golf etiquette at all times.  Any abuse or disrespect of the American Blind Golf Association, fellow competitors, officials, spectators, employees of the host facility, or other persons conducting or attending an ABG sponsored event can be grounds for disqualification from the event, and possible rejection of entry for future ABG events.  Such abuse may be verbal or physical or threat thereof and includes, but is not limited to:  the use of obscene language, physical damage to property or equipment of the ABG or the host facility, and being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. during a competitive round.  




Initial Press Release

by Richard Oliver San Antonio Express

Published Fall 2009

San Antonio blind-golf champion Bruce Hooper, who last fall captured the U.S. championship at Brackenridge Golf Course, is part of a group of blind and vision-impaired players who have formed a new organization.

Hooper, along with noted competitor Mark Arnold and others have broken away from the U.S. Blind Golf Association to compete under the banner of the newly created American Blind Golf. 

ABG Member Bruce Hooper & his Wife Judy

The ABG will begin play this season with 50 players hailing from the United States and Canada.

The group's national championship will be held Oct. 10-14, again at Brackenridge. That title week will include the second annual "Fore the Blind" charity scramble, which will benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.

Hooper admits that the not-for-profit ABG was formed out of a disagreement with the established USBGA over membership and charity initiatives. The new organization, he said, will make fundraising and competition priorities.


"We want to get back to playing golf and enjoying each other's company," he said.

ABG will conduct two stroke-play events this year, including the California Blind Golf Classic in Lompoc, California, in September, and the national championship in San Antonio. Additionally, a modified Ryder Cup format will be utilized at the McCulloch Memorial Cup, which will pit teams from the United States and Canada in June at Wadsworth, Ohio.

"Our goal is to make American Blind Golf the best there is," said Hooper, a five-time national titlist. "We want people who want to help their community and play some golf."


Initial ABG Radio Interview on KTSA



ABG & USABA Announce         Formal Partnership VIA Memorandum of Understanding


September 21, 2010

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and American Blind Golf (ABG) are proud to announce a formal partnership that promotes blind golf for blind athletes. Since their founding in 1976, the USABA has been a Community Based Organization of the United States Olympic Committee.  USABA is the leader in the promotion and organization of recreational and competitive sports for the blind and vision impaired in the United States. USABA directly participates in and promotes several sports including Goalball, Track and Field, Cycling, Skiing, Judo, and maintains professional relationships with other sports including Golf, Bowling and Beep Baseball.  

"Many of our members are golf enthusiasts.  Although we don't have golf expertise, we're certainly pleased to be able to make our members aware of ABG's passion for golf, their programs, events and community support initiatives." said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.

ABG was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in golf tournaments for the blind and vision impaired.  In 2011, ABG has four tournaments scheduled in the United States.  Players will also compete in an international team event in Glasgow Scotland in July 2011.  ABG has been partnered with charity organizations that have raised thousands of dollars by staging ABG Golf Tournaments.

Specifically, the USABA and ABG will provide their expertise to each other and will maintain their cooperation with each organization. "This partnership between the USABA and the ABG can only bring more sporting opportunities to people who are blind and vision impaired," said Mark Arnold, communications director of ABG.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. Additional funding to the camp for military applicants is available through USABA's Mission Vision program.  For more information on USABA go to:

Logo of USABA & link to the website


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