The hot summer day did not stop a record 196 golfers and five Blind Golfer Academy participants from hitting the course on June 9. Outlook Nebraska’s Tee It Up Fore Sight tournament, benefitting Camp Abilities Nebraska, and the Blind Golfer Academy was held at Indian Creek Golf Course in Omaha. Outlook Nebraska is a charitable organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives of the blind and visually impaired through employment, training, and experiences to build confidence and help them achieve their goals.
The four-person scramble tournament had three flights. Golfers teed off at noon, following a grab and go lunch, with a shotgun start. The tournament concluded with a short program about ONI’s youth recreation program and Camp Abilities, announcement of the winning foursomes, drawing of raffle prizes, and a casual fried chicken dinner.
Outlook Nebraska’s Blind Golfer Academy took place in the morning.Several visually impaired golfers were paired with golf pros and adaptive sports specialists to learn putting, chipping, and driving. Following their lessons, they played a few holes on the course, meeting up with the tournament golfers at lunch before they took to the links.
More than $30,000 was raised for Camp Abilities Nebraska, a
week-long sports camp for youth who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, and the Blind Golfer Academy. The camp is co-sponsored by ONI and Boys Town National Research Hospital.