IFB Solutions golf tourney, Phil Blackwell

Six-time Masters for the Blind U.S. blind golf champion Phil Blackwell will join the field of golfers for IFB Solution's Captain's Choice Golf Tournament on Sept. 24. Blackwell is pictured with his wife, Sybil. There are still a few spots open for the public to register for the tournament and reception.

This year’s IFB Solutions Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, set for Friday, Sept. 24, at the Grove Park Golf Club in Asheville, will include one of the game’s most accomplished blind golfers.

Phil Blackwell, six-time Masters for the Blind U.S. blind golf champion, five- time Champion of American Blind Golf Match-Play Championship, and five- time American Blind Golf Stroke Play Champion will join the field to help raise funds for IFB’s programs and services.

The event is open to the public and golf enthusiasts are encouraged to register.

“Phil is such an inspiring player who can often be found hosting clinics and encouraging others, both sighted and blind, to love the game of golf,” said David Horton, IFB Solutions president and CEO. “We’re so fortunate to have him join this year’s event.”

Blackwell’s passion for the game has been especially meaningful to Grant Weathers, manager of the IFB community Low Vision Center in Asheville, and a former PGA golf professional.

Weathers, who lost his vision in his 20s due to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, started playing golf again six years ago. Like Blackwell, he participates in tournaments hosted by various blind golf organizations. In 2017, Grant placed in the Net Championship for the American Blind Golf’s National Stroke Play Championship.

As time winds down to the start of play, there are still a few spots available for golfers. In addition to playing the legendary Grove Park Golf Course, participants will have the opportunity to test their putting skills blindfolded in the Putting in the Dark contest and enjoy a pre-event reception at the Highland Brewing Event Center in downtown Asheville.

Interested golfers can play in the tournament as individuals ($250 per person), or a foursome team ($850 per team).

The tournament format is a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 12 p.m.

More information, or registration may be found at https://ifbsolutions.org/events1/asheville_golf/.

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