New York State Golf Association, Special Olympics New York Announce Partnership to Support Growth of Inclusion in the Golf Industry

NYSGA Providing Free Access to World Handicap System, Golf Genius for Special Olympics Athletes, Coaches, Staff & Volunteers

Jamesville, NY – The New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) and Special Olympics New York today announced a partnership to support the growth of inclusion within the golf industry, and to bring an unprecedented level of sophistication to Special Olympics golf programming statewide.

NYSGA has established a Special Olympics New York eClub, providing free access to the World Handicapping System for all Special Olympics New York golf athletes, coaches, and volunteers and are training the organization’s staff and sport directors in using Golf Genius software to run its larger golf tournaments and competitions. NYSGA will also tap into its database of more than 130 rules officials and volunteers statewide to support Special Olympics events as needed.

“We’re excited to partner with the Special Olympics and provide additional support to their golf programming,” said Bill Moore, NYSGA Executive Director. “It’s impressive what they are already able to provide for their community of athletes, and we hope that the utilization of these resources will help bring their training and tournament administration to the next level.”

“I cannot overstate how much it means to our golf athletes and coaches to be using the same handicapping system and tournament technology used by golfers throughout New York and the world,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “We are so fortunate to have found a champion and partner in the New York State Golf Association. Our partnership is further proof that in the game of golf and world of sports, all people of all abilities can compete.”

More than 3,100 Special Olympics New York athletes play golf throughout the state, supported by more than 140 volunteer coaches. Approximately 500 of those athletes belong to training clubs in their communities, making them eligible for Special Olympics competitions at the local, regional and state level.

Special Olympics New York currently uses a self-built divisioning system to level the playing field for golfers at its larger competitions, including its signature State Fall Games, which can include up to 100 individual golfers. Though incredibly innovative and efficient, the current system can be cumbersome and time-consuming to use.

“These two technologies provided by NYSGA are going to be a real gamechanger for our athletes, coaches and competitions,” said Charlie Jones, a Special Olympics New York coach from the Hudson Valley Region who serves as the statewide sport director for golf. “Being a part of the World Handicap System will be especially beneficial to athletes this year, while Special Olympics training is suspended but people can still get out there and golf. It’s a wonderful resource for athletes who want to track their own scores, improve their game and even see how they’re measuring up against their peers throughout the state.”


About the New York State Golf Association

The New York State Golf Association is an association of 500+ member clubs, represented by over 130 committee members, that exists with the purpose of promoting and conserving the traditions of golf throughout New York State. Each year since its founding in 1923, the NYSGA has conducted New York State’s (NYS) Amateur Championships. The NYSGA also conducts qualifying for the United States Golf Association Championships and runs a series of handicapped events each season, known as the NYSGA Amateur Series. In addition to conducting tournaments, the NYSGA provides member services such as handicapping, course rating and measuring, scholarships, training, education, and communications.


About Special Olympics New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 220 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.