Yesterday, American Bill Roberts wins men’s shoot out at World Deaf Golf Championships. He beat out Paul Waring of England to claim first. Waring had the better first shot on the final hole, landing the ball on the green. Roberts had a poor first shot, but was able to get the ball close to the hole on the second shot to finish at par.
Norwegian Andrea claimed first in the women’s shootout, with United States golfer Patty Lopez finished second, and Dutch golfer Leonie finishing third.
The World Deaf Golf Championships started Saturday at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse, Michigan. Fourteen countries are participating including the United States, Netherlands, Australia, England, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Denmark, and Finland. In total, 65 men, 16 women, and 30 seniors are participating.
The United States has three teams taking part, a men’s team, a women’s team and a senior team. Members of the men’s team include Louis Pedroza, Dano Aldaz, Bill Roberts, Pono Tokioka, Eric Brumm, Michael Mabashov, Doren Granberry, and Daryn Taylor. The women’s team is composed of Patty Lopez, Melissa Stockton, Susan Zupnik, Patty Sue Ploysa, and Lauri Ponikiewski. The senior team members are Tim Dapp, Keith Worek, Gerald Isobe, John Rush, and Michael Finneran. With 19 total golfers, they have the largest delegation.