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Tue August 27, 2013
Sports

Tenn. Athlete Wins National Blind Golf Championship

Credit davidmeador.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state man has won this year’s United States Blind Golf Association National Championship.

David Meador of Nashville pulled down the tournament’s top score to win the 68th annual event.  This is the fourth time Meador has won the national competition since 1977.

Meador lost his sight as a result of a car wreck at eighteen. He began playing blind golf that same year.

Blind golfers partner with a sighted golf coach to play. Meador’s partner is Everett Davis, a retired Nashville banker.

Meador says blind golfers and their coaches get around the course surprisingly quickly.

“They walk us up to the ball, set the golf club behind the ball, allow us a second to get balanced around the club. Then at the appropriate time I say ‘Ok,’ he backs away  and ‘Bang!’ here we go.”

Blind golfer Jim Baker of Hermitage also placed well at this year’s national tournament.

The Championship was held this year at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon.