The organizing committee for the World Deaf Golf Championships 2016 announced earlier today that 107 golfers and 22 coaches and leaders from 18 countries have registered to participate in the event. Today was the last day for golfers to register. The Championships are scheduled to get underway at the Royal Golf Club on July 22 in Copenhagen and last until July 29.
Organizers have been successful in lining up a number of sponsors including Samsung, who are providing televisions to deliver live results from the course at the Royal Golf Club facilities and the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers Hotel. Samsung is also providing tablets and mobile phones to assist organizers in communicating during the event. They also lined up Garia, a Danish luxury golf cart maker, as a sponsor. Miss Bagel is another sponsor who will be providing golfers and others at the competition with baked goods. The trophies for the event are being designed by Danish artist Leif Sylvester.
The 2016 edition of the event is its eleventh edition, and has taken place every two years since 1998. The first edition took place in 1995 in Meriden, England with 59 male golfers from 8 countries took place. Women first participated at the 2000 edition in Lost City, South Africa as an exhibition event. They formally participated in their own event at the 2002 edition in Ireland, with American Patty Sue Polysa claiming the first women’s title. The first Senior Men’s champion was added at the 2004 edition in Stockholm, Sweden with Japanese golfer Jun Oishi claiming the title.