With the first round of the men’s competition complete at the World Deaf Golf Championships in Traverse, Michigan, Australian Jack Besley is in the lead having shot 75 in poor conditions. Three rounds remain for the men.
England’s Paul Waring finished second, shooting 76, and Denmark’s Hans Elgaard was third after shooting 77. South African Danie Marais was the worst golfer on the day, shooting 112. This was four more than than the next to last golfer, Ireland’s James Browne who shot a 108. Golfers in the top ten averaged 79.2 for the round, while the rest of the field averaged a 91.5.
The Scottish team finished the round in eleventh place out of fourteen teams. Mark Lothian shot a 86, Mark Tweedie a 88, Steven Cafferty a 89, Steven Gardener a 91, and Ian Kennedy shot a 91.
Adverse weather conditions forced a planned barbecue for the event to be moved indoors. Temperatures for the remained of the competition are forecasted to be between 14 C and 27 C, with maximum winds at 14 kilometers an hour, and little chance for additional precipitation.
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, 64 men, 16 women, and 30 seniors are participating. English golfer Mark Forrest withdrew from the competition.