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Area 3 Golf Facts at a Glance

Registration closes July 16, 2019.

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

Event list

Individual skills
Traditional 3-hole
Traditional 9-hole
Unified alternate 3-hole
Unified alternate 9-hole

The Special Olympics 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. Athletes may participate in individual skills, 3-hole Unified or individual play, or 9-hole Unified or individual play.

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 athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (Unified partners) to the same teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports® golf, teams consist of one Special Olympics athlete and one Unified Partner and the team plays in the Unified team play competition event and alternate shots.

Golf handbook (PDF)