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Ontarian leads the way in Blind Golf tourney

Saskatchewan’s Judy Ursulan is one of the leading players in the ISPS Handa Canadian Open Blind Golf Championships, leading the females as of Thursday evening. Her son Keith serves as her coach. On Wednesday, when this picture was taken, golfers completed a practice round.
Saskatchewan’s Judy Ursulan is one of the leading players in the ISPS Handa Canadian Open Blind Golf Championships, leading the females as of Thursday evening. Her son Keith serves as her coach. On Wednesday, when this picture was taken, golfers completed a practice round. - Fram Dinshaw

Ontario’s Glen Babcock led his category in the first round of the ISPS Handa Canadian Open Blind Golf Championships at Truro Golf and Country Club.

As of Thursday evening, Babcock took the lead after he fired a four under par with a net score of 67 during the first round. Jim Hamilton scored a net 69, just two strokes behind Babcock.

Meantime, Regina’s Judy Ursulan led the women’s division on Thursday after finishing the first round with a score of net two-under par 70. Close behind her is Lillian Haas from Manitoba, trailing by just two strokes.

Blind Golf players are split into three categories: B1 for those who are completely blind, B2 for those with five per cent vision and B3 for golfers with 10 per cent vision.

Babcock is listed as a B3 player and Ursulan is a B2. All players have coaches to help them line up and spot shots on the golf course and also drive them between holes.

The final round of the ISPS Handa Canadian Open Blind Golf Championships is on Friday.

Roughly 60 golfers are playing in this year’s tournament. Most are Canadians but some are from the United States and even as far away as Korea.

Golfers completed a practice round on Wednesday.

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