Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from across the state are set to tee off at the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Golf Tournament on Sept. 27.
Fifty Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from across the state are set to tee off at the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Golf Tournament on Sept. 27 at Maple Dale Country Club, 180 Maple Dale Circle, Dover.
The tournament is played over nine holes in alternate-shot format with each Special Olympics athlete paired with a Unified partner, a peer without a disability. Athletes and Unified partners have trained together for the past several months by attending clinics and outings. Unified partners are usually parents, siblings, relatives or friends of the athletes.
In addition to the tournament, select athletes will compete in a skills event featuring driving, chipping and putting contests.
The event begins with an opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 27 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. for the alternate-shot tournament and the skills competition beginning at about 1:15 p.m. An awards ceremony takes place for all golfers at about 3:30 p.m.
“Our golfers have worked hard at honing their games at clinics and during outings leading up to the state tournament,” said Mark Wise, who coordinates the golf program for Special Olympics. “Now they have an opportunity to show off what they’ve learned on one of the finest golf courses in the state. We are very grateful and fortunate that Maple Dale is willing to host this event.”
Maple Dale Country Club will donate the use of the golf course for the day.