Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Texan Wins World Blind Golf Championship

That Texan is Bruce Hooper, a 59-year-old who lives in San Antonio and has won numerous state, regional and national championships in blind golf. Now, he's added the World Blind Golf Championship, played in Japan, to his list of achievements.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

San Antonio's Bruce Hooper, with his wife, Judy, serving as coach and caddie, fired rounds of 80 and 82 to capture the championship at last week's 2006 World Blind Golf Championship at Shizuoka, Japan.

The world title is Hooper's first and adds to a career that includes titles at the North American and U.S. levels. The 59-year-old also was part of the triumphant American team at the Nations Cup competition last summer.

In Japan, Hooper came from behind with the tournament's best gross total to defeat Peter Robinson of Australia by five strokes in the B-2 division of the event, played at the Five Hundred Club, an exclusive layout at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Imagine it: a man without sight shot rounds of 80 and 82.

For more info about blind golf, try the United States Blind Golf Association. You can also visit the United States Association of Blind Athletes. I know there's a Texas chapter of blind golfers, but I am unable to find information about it on the Web. If anyone knows of its Web address, pass it along in comments.

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