The World Deaf Golf Championships are scheduled to start tomorrow 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 scheduled to take 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.
Japan, with 13 total golfers, is tied for England with the second largest delegation. They also have three teams. Their team includes Ryosuke Otaka, Tetsuro Sodeyama, Mitsunori Sukegawa, Masahiro Usui, Hisashi Yamagiwa, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Katsuji Kurahashi, Jun Oishi, Shingo Tanaka, Katsutoshi Yamada, Kazuko Iida, Miku Oshima, and Miyuki Tomikawa.
The English team is 13 strong. It includes Martin Anderson, Michael Burris, Mark Forrest, Richard Le Page, Marc Murphy, Michael Roberts, Jay Stally, Paul Waring, Derek Bridges, John Leishman, Kevin Whalley, Keith Wilkinson, Donna Cross. The only woman representing England is Cross.
Australia also is sending three teams, with their golfers including Mark Aird, Jack Besley, Craig Douglas, Luke Ellis, Andy Honeysett, Jack Mcleod, Kevin Hayden, Tony Klimek, Wayne Parsons, Chantell Greaves, Jennifer Maric, and Therese Pierce.
Wales and Norway have the smallest teams, with one golfer each. Jurek Brown is Wales’s only golfer and is participating in the senior competition. Andrea Hjellegjerde is representing Norway in the women’s competition.
The competition officially got underway earlier today with a team meeting at 9:00 AM local time, and an opening ceremony at 3:45 PM. Golfers officially checked in yesterday.