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USA’s Patty Lopez and Australia’s Jack Besley win World Deaf Golf Championships

World Deaf Golf Championships. Image credit: World Deaf Golf Championships,

The World Deaf Golf Championships concluded yesterday in Traverse City, Michigan. The USA’s Patty Lopez and Australia’s Jack Besley both held on to their leads from the third round to claim first place in the women’s and men’s competition respectively.



Lopez finished the fourth round under par with a score of 70, and a hole-in-one.  It was the lowest women’s score in the event’s history.  She finished the event with a score of 300.


Besley shot a 68 in the final round, the lowest single round score in world championship history and only the fourth time ever that some one has shot a round under par.  He finished all four rounds with a score of 295.
Norwegian Andrea Hjellegjerde finished second in the women’s competition and Netherlands’s Leonie Warringa finished third. In the men’s competition, Denmark’s Hans Elgaard finished second and England’s Michael Burris finished third. Canada’s Kenneth Hoffman came from third place following the third round to win the senior men’s competition. American Keith Worek finished second. Netherland’s Charles Mikkers finished third.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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