Directing a Golf Tournament – Legally Blind

Whitey, my legally blind husband and former golf professional, often directs golf tournaments for local charities. Right now he is working on the local Optimist Club Golf Tournament, a tournament he has directed for 6 years or more. So how does a legally blind fellow direct a golf tournament?

First, it is important to know that Whitey has a huge list of golfers, friends and acquaintances that he who are serious golfers. A list for Whitey is a stack of 4 x 6 index cards. Whitey writes on the cards with a
20 20 pen which is a very bold point pen. The 20/20 pens do not have the terrible odor associated with normal marking pens. Each 4 x 6 card contains a name, a phone number and some very special “Whitey code”. WCB — means he left a message and they will call back. Of course they will! A check mark and date indicates that he talked to them about the tournament. YES means that the golfer has agreed to put a team in the tournament.

The next project is to find sponsors for each hole. Local businesses make a $50 donation and the club posts a sign on each hole. Again, Whitey has a stack of cards, his list. This includes businesses that have contributed in the past or new businesses that we have heard about through the year. Name of Business, name of contact and a phone number all written with the trusty 2020 pens. And of course, the coding at the bottom of the card indicates the responses.

As his vision has deteriorated, many times throughout the day he brings cards for me to read. This is frustrating for him, I know, and we simply need to research a better system. But for now, it works.

He also finds businesses to donate gifts for the auction after the golf tournament. Tomorrow for instance, one of the Optimist members is taking him on a “pick up gifts” run. They will call on businesses who have agreed to donate a gift for the auction. These gifts are also found via Whitey’s now famous telephone cards.

Of course, we often have businesses who need to receive an invoice or proof of Optimist Club sponsorship, and I email those addresses to the club treasurer and he sends out the bills.

To be continued tomorrow…..

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13 Responses to Directing a Golf Tournament – Legally Blind

  1. Joan Adams says:

    Thank you, Holley. I do worry that some of this is quite boring, but it may be that someone needs to know how we do things around here — and for sure, this is an adventure! I appreciate your taking the time to read it. I do know that people who have had serious training for the blind probably do things more efficiently than we do, but we do what we do and so far, it works! Again, thank you for reading the blog!

  2. Joan Adams says:

    Thank you Correen! It amazes me that all of you read this detail of our lives. For sure, though, Whitey is an inspiration and it’s nice to be able to share that with the world. We can all learn from his positive adjustment to his vision problems.
    PS and yes, do think about us when you go putt-putt!

  3. Joan Adams says:

    Thanks, Nan! Of course I appreciate your continuous support. You hear this every day and still read it! Now that is amazing!

  4. Joan Adams says:

    lol Kate!! I don’t know what you would do with a 20/20 pen! make signs maybe??

    but oh how I appreciate your support.

  5. Correen says:

    Vision has no boundaries. Hoorah! Whitey for carrying on your gift…giving back! Golf has a whole new meaning to this putt-putt, miniature golf gal!
    .-= Correen´s last blog ..You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahtoy =-.

  6. Holley says:

    Joan, this blog is truly a source of inspiration. I may not comment everyday, but I read and am always uplifted. You and Whitey have a beautiful story šŸ™‚
    .-= Holley´s last blog ..Holy Crap! Iā€™m Full of It. =-.

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  10. kimsworld says:

    Another great story and lesson we can all learn from.

    I’m like Holley I may not comment, but I always read.

  11. Not boring at all, Joan!

    An I want a 20/20 pen– maybe 20 of em!!

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  13. Dianne says:

    Sounds like Whitey and you have this down to a science. I bet the tournament is a lot of fun!
    .-= Dianne´s last blog ..Notes from the Nimitz =-.

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