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B-1 Category Totally Blind | B-2 Category Vision Impaired | B-3 Category Vision Impaired

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The United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) offers a great opportunity for golfers who are blind or vision impaired to play golf with others who have the same or similar vision loss. It has many benefits including: the chance to play golf and travel to spectacular places, meet some very interesting people and have a great time.
 Image showing golfer Jeremy Poincenot and coach swinging from the tee box
We play golf by the USGA Rules of Golf and the Modifications of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities. This includes grounding the club in a hazard plus permitting the coach to stand in the line of play while the golfer is executing the shot.
 
The golfers compete with other golfers within their sight classification. The sight classifications include: B-1 no vision, B-2 little usable vision and B-3 better usable vision. To be eligible to become a member of the USBGA you must have corrected vision less than 20/200 in both eyes. This must be documented on the USBGA sight form by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.
 
Every golfer has a sighted person to assist them and we call these folks Coaches. The coach gives the golfer course description, gives correct yardages, and helps with club selection and proper alignment.
 
The organization is always looking for new members, volunteer Coaches, support members and people or businesses to be sponsors. To learn more about the USBGA, go to the specific links on this web site.


 

Become a Member


Members must meet the specific visual guidelines accepted by the International Blind Golf Association in order to compete in all USBGA and International Blind Golf events. Prospective playing members must understand that a visual acuity of 20/200 will not qualify under the sight classification standards set by the International Blind Golf Association. Visual acuity in best eye with best correction must be less than 20/200 i.e. 20/201 or below. For clarification of this standard, please contact the USBGA Office. The official sight categories are as follows:

B-1 Category Totally Blind


No light perception, or light perception which is not functional, central or peripheral, with or without light projection, up to the inability to differentiate between a blank sheet of white paper and a sheet of white paper with a black symbol on it.
The black symbol is displayed on the IBGA/USBGA Sight Form and is used as part of the exam.
 

B-2 Category Vision Impaired

From the ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to the visual acuity of 20/600.
 

B3 Category Vision Impaired


From the visual acuity above 20/600 up to visual acuity of less than 20/200.
 


Steps to Join

Step 1 - Print, complete and sign the sight form.  Have your Doctor sign.  This determines your sight category.

Step 2 – Print, complete and sign the application form OR use the online application.

Step 3 – Mail both completed forms to the address below. We send your forms to the International Blind Golf Association for approval, so there is no need to include your payment.  However, if you want to save some time, you can include your check for $100.00, made payable to the USBGA with your sight forms.  It will be held until approval is received from the IBGA and then cashed. It will be returned to you if your sight form information does not qualify according to IBGA regulations.

US Blind Golf Association 
c/o Membership Chair Person
125 Gilberts Hill Rd

Lehighton, PA 18235
 
 

Payment Options

 

  • Annual Player Dues / Renewals $100
  • Coach / Support Member $25
  • Friend of USBGA $50
  • Small Business $100
  • Corporate $250


To pay Player dues, Renewals, Friends of USBGA or Business memberships, please use one of the two options below. 

 

1)  Online using PayPal

 
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2) Mail

Mail your check made payable to USBGA:

US Blind Golf Association
c/o Treasurer
540 SE 9th Ave
Ontario,OR 97914

 

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