Special Olympics North Carolina Golf Tour to make stop at Piney Point

Published 2:02 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

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On Sept. 18, the Special Olympic North Carolina Golf Tour will make a stop in Norwood at Piney Point Golf Club.

Competition will begin at 1 p.m., with athletes competing in golf skills events, 9- and 18-hole alternate shot with a partner and traditional rounds.

Everyone is invited to come watch the competition and awards.

The SONC Golf Tour is a series of competition opportunities that provides Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and Unified partners with a competition structure that allows them to compete in golf year-round while enjoying a variety of the golf courses North Carolina offers.

The SONC Golf Tour is open to athletes of all abilities and experience in the sport of golf. There are no minimum score requirements to participate in Golf Tour competitions for any of the five golf levels.

SONC encourages local programs to offer these opportunities to athletes looking to get started in golf as a way to gain competition experience.

Competition in all levels of golf play (including individual skills) will be offered throughout the tour but may not be available at each tour stop. Depending on the availability of the golf course and the number of interested athletes, some levels of play may not be offered at a particular tour stop.

As SONC continues to emphasize the use of the GHIN Handicap system and athletes’ handicaps, levels 4 and 5 will play according to their handicaps at SONC Golf Tour stops. This means that athletes will be divisioned according to their handicap.

The goal of using athletes’ handicaps is to utilize these handicaps to create an even playing field for all athletes regardless of ability level.

SONC Golf Tour competitions will abide by USGA Rules of Golf with modifications set forth in the SOI Golf Rules and SONC Golf Rules Modifications.

Local rules may apply by course and will be communicated to participants before the start of competition.