After serving as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department for more than a decade and gaining experience in legal mediation, Jon Schorsch remains active with the department's Benevolent Association. Jon Schorsch has never let his blindness restrict him, and maintains membership in the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA).
Founded in 1953, the USBGA enables individuals with visual impairment or blindness to play golf and compete in tournaments for the sport. Those eligible for membership in the association include those with sight below 20/200.
Each year, the USBGA hosts a variety of competitions for its members, who play with guidance from a coach with sight. The association encourages members to attend events such as the annual ISPS Handa U.S. Open.
This event takes its name from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, who has achieved success in areas ranging from business to the arts. A noted philanthropist, Dr. Handa believes in enhancing the lives of others, especially through the “power of sport,” such as competing in golf tournaments.
The 2019 ISPS Handa U.S. Open Blind Golf Championship will take place April 4-8 in Green Valley, Arizona.
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