Golf made its exhibition debut at the 1991 International Games in Minneapolis, MN. After a clinic at the 1993 Summer Games in Greensboro, SONC offered golf as an official sport for the first time at the Fall Games in Charlotte.
SONC has been working with the Carolina Golf Association, and is now officially an affiliate club named the Special Olympics North Carolina Golf Club. Golfers competing at level 4 and level 5 only are required to have their coach enter their scores into the CGA GHIN system. Below you will find resources to make posting scores, and reviewing scores easier.
Level 1: Individual Skills Competition
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format designed to serve as a stepping stone towards course play. The individual skills offered for golf are short and long putt, chip shot, pitch shot, iron shot and wood shot.
Level 2: Alternate Shot Team Play (9 hole)
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes to compete in course play with a partner that acts as a coach to the athlete. The partner teaches strategy along with golf etiquette, preparing the athlete for individual course play.
Level 3: Alternate Shot Unified Sports Team Play (18 hole)
This competition allows Special Olympics athletes with a strong concept of golf rules and etiquette to play with a Unified Partner of similar ability on an alternate shot team for 18 holes.
Level 4: Individual Stroke Play Competition (9 hole)
This competition allows those athletes who have improved golf skills from level 2 to compete as an individual for 9-holes. Athletes are allowed caddies to help advise on strategy.
Level 5: Individual Stroke Play Competition (18 hole)
This is the highest individual level of golf offered by Special Olympics, and is for athletes with a good understanding of the game and golf knowledge. Athletes must shoot under a 120 at an SONC qualifier in order to be eligible for this level.
SONC Fall Tournament is held in High Point the first weekend in November.
Special Olympics National Golf Invitational Tournament is hosted by Special Olympics North America and is traditionally held in September.
SONC Unified Golf Invitational – January 29 – click to register by January 9, 2017
- Competition will take place at Pinehurst No. 8, and the cost to the local program is $150 per Unified team. This includes cart, range balls, and lunch. In addition playing a championship course at a very discounted price.
- All teams will play nine holes for the competition, with a shotgun start at 10:00 am.
- Golfers above a level 1 are eligible to register; level 2 golf rules will be in place for this competition.
- Each team will need to submit an average so we can create pairings that will keep a good pace for the day.
- Space is limited to 36 teams.
- If you would like to stay at the Pinehurst resort, options are available for Saturday, Sunday, and/or Monday at $109 + tax per room.
- Athletes that are interested in staying Sunday night to play in the LETR Conference Unified Sport Experience on Monday are able to do so at no cost (room provided for one athlete and chaperone/Unified Partner)
LETR Unified Sports Golf Experience January 30 – click to register by January 9, 2017
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina will kick off their fundraising year at Pinehurst, and have invited Special Olympics North Carolina athletes for some fun and friendly golf competition with officers from across North Carolina on Pinehurst No. 1.
- Athletes participate at no cost.
- Athletes participating will be placed in a group with three LETR officers, and will play nine holes in a captain’s choice format with a shot gun start at 11am.
- Athletes must have experience in golf, and must have at least played Level 2 at Fall Tournament within the past three years.
- Athlete may have a caddy if necessary for play; but should be comfortable playing golf independently.
- Lunch will be provided to those competing.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.