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.
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.