JOHN EAKIN has been selected for a World golf team to play against North America. Organised by the International Blind Golfers Association (IBGA) the tournament will pit golfers from the USA and Canada against a truly international selection with golfers coming from as far afield as Israel, Austria, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Korea and Great Britain.
Winner of the British Blind Open in 2011 and Royal Ashdown Forest member, Eakin, who plays off a handicap of eight, is one of five English golfers to be chosen for the World side. The tournament will be played over three days at Green Island Golf & Country Club in Columbus, Georgia playing the Pinehurst system where, for the first two days, both players tee off and hit their partner’s drive before reverting to better-ball format.
Fourball matches will be made up of mixed sight categories until the final day when 13 singles will be played between players of the same sight groupings. There are three groupings: totally blind and two sections of visually impaired players.