State Golf Tournament

Tournament Returns to Louisville in August

State Golf Tournament

Athletes and Unified partners will hit the links at Quail Chase in Louisville
on Aug. 23.

In what will be our first state championship event since the State Cheerleading Competition in February, golfers are set to hit the links for the State Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 23. The tournament will return for its second year 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.

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.

This year there will be two Regional Tournaments held with limited participation numbers in keeping with COVID regulations. Golfers who participate in one regional will qualify for the State Tournament. That event will also have a reduced field.

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 nmckenzie@soky.org.

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