Rest of the world team win the 2019 ISPS Handa Vision Cup in Portmarnock Golf Links, Dublin
This International Blind Golf Association event was hosted in Ireland this year, supported by Vision Sports Ireland and Northern Ireland Blind Golf Association. The event showcased 12 of the best blind golfers from North America who took on 12 of the best from around the world in a Ryder Cup style competition between 18th and 20th June 2019.
In a comprehensive victory the Rest of the World team beat the Northern American team by a score of 15.5 to 8.5.
The winning putt was sank by the long-hitting Scotsman Barry McCluskey.
The competition was intense from the off. The first two days of action took the form of 2 rounds of Pinehursts foursomes.
After day one the score was rest of the world, 4 North America, 2. Day two saw that lead rise to 7.5 against 4.5 and final score, after 12 single matches on day 3 was 15.5 to 8.5. It was a tension packed couple of days which saw large crowds from the local community following players around the course, all astonished at what they were witnessing.
Minister for Education, Joe McHugh came to Portmarnock on Wednesday and went out on the course with some of the players. He was amazed by the standard of golf at what was an exceptionally difficult links course.
In a ceremony on Thursday night visually impaired Irish Senator Martin Conway presented the winning trophy to the Rest of the World team captain, South African Garrett Slattery.