State Golf Tournament

Lindsey Golf Course To Host State Golf Tournament
For 10th Consecutive Year

Wake Mullins - State Golf Tournament

Team Kentucky golfer Wake Mullins is one of nearly 100 golfers and Unified partners who will tee it up Aug. 13 at Fort Knox.

Golfers across Kentucky are preparing for the program’s annual visit to Fort Knox on Sunday, August 13. That is when the Fort’s Lindsey Golf Course will play host to the Special Olympics Kentucky State Golf Tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

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.

Among the golfers expected to compete this year are Jude Zilliox and the Unified team of Wake Mullins and Dennis Gaines, who were recently announced as part of Team Kentucky for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Zilliox recently claimed a silver medal at the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational, also held in Seattle.

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.

The State Golf Tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 3 pm. The event concludes with dinner and an awards presentation that starts at approximately 5:30.

For more information concerning the State Golf Tournament or the Special Olympics Kentucky golf program, contact Amanda Wade at 800-633-7403 or via e-mail at awade@soky.org.

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