State Golf Tournament

Tournament Moves to Louisville in August

State Golf Tournament

More than 100 athletes and Unified partners will hit the links at Quail Chase
on Aug. 25.

After 11 years in Hardin County, the State Golf Tournament will return to Louisville for the first time in many years. This year’s State Tournament will be played August 25 at Quail Chase Golf Club, which many may recognize as the annual host of the Texas Roadhouse Armadillo Classic outing that benefits Special Olympics Kentucky. The Tournament gets underway at 2:50 with an opening ceremony, followed by a shotgun start.

More than 100 Special Olympics Kentucky golfers and Unified partners will hit the course that day. The event provides opportunities for golfers of all skill levels. Beginner golfers and golfers not yet ready for a full round will participate in the Skills Competition, which measures their ability to complete six different common golf shots, with points awarded for accuracy on all shots and for distance on wood and iron shots. Most of the State Tournament’s participants take part in the 9-hole Unified alternate shot competition. The format pairs a Special Olympics golfer with a partner who does not have a disability, and they take turns playing the ball from where their partner last hit it. The most advanced golfers will compete in the 9-hole stroke play event, where Special Olympics golfers will play their own ball throughout.

All competitors at the State Tournament qualified by playing in one of three regional tournaments that are held throughout the state in July and August, including our first ever golf regional in western Kentucky.

For more information concerning the State Golf Tournament or the Special Olympics Kentucky golf program, contact Nick McKenzie at 800-633-7403 or via e-mail at

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