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The EWBG developed gradually becoming a registered charity in 1989 and a company limited by guarantee in 1997. The main purpose of the Organisation is to provide visually handicapped people with the facility to train and compete in the game of golf. Training is provided by giving new members support to receive lessons from professional golfers.

In addition each year the organisation invites all members to attend a training weekend at which PGA professionals teach the various aspects of the game. Assistance is also given to schools for the blind where pupils want to start to play golf.

Players meet together on six occasions each year for the EBGA major competitions. There are three one day events, a two day English Strokeplay Championship, a Matchplay Championship played over three days and the Lawrence Levy British Blind Masters, a four day 72 hole competition (the only one of its kind in the world). In addition beginners are invited to play in 9 hole events from time to time.

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In rotation with the Scottish Blind Golf Society and the Northern Ireland Blind Golf Association the EWBG hosts the British Blind Golf Open Championships every three years.

Each year EWBG players strive to be selected to represent England in the Annual Blind Golf International against Scotland for the Auld Enemies Cup. To qualify players have to finish in the top nine in the Order of Merit with the EWBG Captain choosing four wildcards. In the series to date the score is England 9 and Scotland 11 with 3 matches halved. England currently holds the trophy.

In addition to domestic competition EWBG members can play in open blind golf events around the world including the World Blind Golf Championship held every two years. In 1998 the EWBG was a founder member of the International Blind Golf Association an organisation that now has thirteen member countries around the world.

The Association has developed gradually through the years and is very much like any other golf club, the major difference being it has no golf course of its own. A handicap system is run which is similar to any golf club and the game is played to the Rules of Golf laid down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews subject to agreed Modifications for Disabled Golfers. The main differences are that a blind golfer may ground the club in a hazard and the guide can stand behind the players when the shot is played. The EBGA keeps in contact with the R&A and an audio version of the Rules of Golf is produced when the rules are revised every four years.

England and Wales Blind Golf - contact Barry by email.

 
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