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CANCELED: Area 2/3 Golf


Registration opens: January 15, 2020
Registration closes: July 13, 2020
Errors and exceptions due: July 20, 2020

Tentative schedule

7:45 a.m. - Delegation & volunteer registration
8:15 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
8:30 a.m. - 9-Hole/3-Hole competitions begin
9:30 a.m. - Individual Skills competition begins
12 p.m. - Lunch and awards

The Special Olympics Minnesota golf program is centered on two educational phases designed to encompass all skill levels: learning to swing a golf club and learning to play the game.

Special Olympics Minnesota currently offers three levels of golf competition: Individual Skills competition, 3-hole competition and 9-hole competition. In order for athletes to advance to 9-hole competitions, they must achieve a total of 40 points in a sanctioned Individual Skills event. Athletes who score less than 40 have the opportunity to compete in 3-hole competitions.

In addition to traditional events, athletes can participate in Unified Sports team play. Unified Sports is a program that assigns Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) to the same teams for training and competition. In Unified golf, teams consist of one Special Olympics Minnesota athlete and one Unified partner, and the team plays in the Unified Team Play competition event and alternate shots.

Event list

Individual Skills
Traditional 3-Hole
Traditional 9-Hole
Unified Alternate 3-Hole
Unified Alternate 9-Hole

Sport-specific guidelines

  • All golfers or Unified Teams wishing to compete in the Traditional 9-Hole or Unified Alternate 9-Hole Shot Competitions must have participated in an Area Competition to obtain a qualifying score to be eligible for participation in the State Competition.
  • In order for an athlete to participate in 9-hole Unified alternate shot or traditional 9-hole competition, they must have completed an Individual Skills Test (at a competition) with a total score of at least 40 points in the past.
  • Athletes may enter the Individual Skills Competition OR either 3-Hole Traditional, 9-Hole Traditional, 3-hole Unified Alternate Shot or 9-hole Unified Alternate Shot Competition, unless they need a score to qualify.
  • No motorized golf carts will be allowed on the course except by course officials.
  • Unified 3-hole and 9-hole teams must have competed together at an area competition in order to compete together at the state competition. No changes or substitutions to Unified 3-hole or 9-hole teams will be allowed between the area and state competitions.
  • The maximum number of strokes per athlete or alternate shot team is 9 per hole.