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International Blind Golf Association

International Blind Golf Association
Formation1998 (1998)
ServicesBlind Golf
AffiliationsJapanese Blind Golf Association

International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) was established in 1998 as a disabled sports entity to organize, acknowledge and support international blind golf (visually impaired and blind golf) tournaments. As of 2014, it has around 500 registered golfers.[1]


In 1996, Haruhisa Handa who was the founder of Japanese Blind Golf Association appealed to blind golf associations around the world to set up a governing organization. In 1997, World Blind Golfers Conference was held in Perth, Australia where representatives from 6 countries participated to propose the articles of association and handicap system. In 1998, the proposal was resolved at a meeting held during the 5th Blind Golf World Championship in Florida, USA, so that a global governing organization could be established. Handa was elected as the first president, and David Blyth from Australia became the first chairman (responsible in administration).[2][3][4]

There were 8 organizations that took part in the World Blind Golfers’ Conference held in 1997 from 6 countries; Japan, United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. [4]

As of 2014, International Blind Golf Association has 18 member organizations from 16 countries including 4 associate organizations from 4 countries.


Title Country
ISPS HANDA World Blind Golf Championship
The ISPS HANDA Ressmeyer Vision Cup  Italy
Blind Golf Japan Open Championship  Japan
ISPS HANDA US Blind Open Championships  United States
ISPS HANDA British Blind Golf Open  England
ISPS HANDA Canadian Blind Golf Open  Canada
ISPS HANDA Irish Blind golf Open  Ireland
ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Open  Australia
ISPS HANDA Italian Blind Open  Italy
South African Blind Golf Open  South Africa
Handa Cup  United States


  • Japanese Blind Golf Association (JBGA)
  • United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA)
  • Northern Ireland Blind Golf
  • Scottish Blind Golf Society
  • English Blind Golf Association
  • Germany Blind Golf Association
  • Ireland Blind Golf
  • Republic of South Africa Blind Golf Association
  • Australian Blind Golf Association
  • Canadian Blind Golf Association
  • Hong Kong Blind Golf Association
  • South Korea Blind Golf Association
  • Italian Blind Golf Association
  • Austrian Blind Golf Association

Associate members

  • France
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands



  1. ^ "About". International Blind Golf Association. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  2. ^ "Letter from IBGA - JBGA". JBGA. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ "Blind Golf". JBGA. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  4. ^ a b Haruhisa Handa 2006, p. 60.

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