August 15, 2016


World Deaf Golf Championships 2016

Royal Golf Club

Copenhagen, Denmark

TEAM AUSTRALIA 2016                                            26-29 July 2016


Deaf Golf Australia (DGA) wish to congratulate nine (9) Australian Team golfers for participating in the challenging four rounds of the 2016 World Deaf Golf Golf Championships at Royal Golf Course in Copenhagen, Denmark, held on 26-29 July, 2016.  The golf course was very well maintained and consisted of 75% hazards (water hazards,  lateral and fairway hazards, rough sides with tall grass and flora) and 25% fairways.  This really provided all golfers with an opportunity for precision and strategic golf play on this course with a slope rating of 144 (difficult level).


A total of 98 golfers from 16 international countries participated in the 2016 World Deaf Golf

Championships in Denmark.


Men's Team:        Jack Besley (Captain), Luke Ellis, Jack McLeod, and Phil Malm.

Senior's Team:     Tony Klimek (Captain), Wayne Parsons, Paul Hammond, and Paul Bourke

Ladies Individual: Therese Pierce

Team Manager:   Therese Pierce

The weather throughout the Championship rounds were generally sunny with cloudy days and humid until the very last day when it rained heavily, thankfully after the final round had just completed!  The Championship trophy awards were given to the men's and ladies champions on the greens outside the Royal Golf Clubhouse but it had to be stopped midway when the heavy rain downpour came and we all had to rush inside the building.  The final presentation awards were given at the Farewell Party dinner later that evening.


Congratulations to our Australian Men's Senior Team for coming second place -- it was a wonderful achievement for these men after trying hard for the past two WDGC to get into the top three

placings (2014- 3rd in USA; 2012- 4th in Japan).



WDGC introduced two new categories:

1)    Under 23 Champion:

The Under 23 (years) Champion will be a preliminary to the introduction of the Junior World Deaf Golf Championship category starting at the next World Deaf Golf Championship in Ireland 2018.  This is a wonderful opportunity for junior golfers to compete.  In Denmark's WDGC, we had an 11 year old golfer, Amelie Gonzalez Podbicanin, from Germany competed and certainly she will be a rising star in the near future.  She came 5th place in the women's individual category.


2)   Over 65 Champion:  

The Over 65 (years) Champion is introduced to recognise the achievement award among the senior golfers in the over 65 years old category.





The final results were:



Men's Champion:  Allen JOHN (Germany)

Men's Runner Up: Paul WARING (England)

Men's Third:  Brandon BABINEAUX (USA)

Under 23 Champion:  Paul WARING (England)



Ladies Champion:  Lydia INGMAN* (England).  * 18yo first timer

Ladies  Runner Up: Leonie WARRINGA (Netherlands)

Ladies Third:  Andrea HJELLEGJERDE (Norway)

Under 23 Champion: Lydia INGMAN (England)



Seniors Champion: Mark LOTHIAN (Scotland)

Seniors Runner Up: Kenneth HOFFMAN (Canada)

Seniors Third:  John RUSH (USA)

Over 65 Champion: Michael FINNERAN (USA)



Men's Team Champion:  USA

Men's Team Runner Up:  GERMANY

Men's Team Third:  DENMARK



Ladies' Team Champion:  ENGLAND

Ladies' Team Runner Up: USA

Note:   There were only two countries that had a team of "4 ladies golfers" available for the Ladies Team Championship category award.



Seniors Team Champion:   USA

Seniors Team Runner up:  AUSTRALIA (Tony Klimek,  Wayne Parsons, Paul Hammond & Paul Bourke)

Seniors Team Third:  SCOTLAND

Australian Team's performance in 4 rounds:

Men's Team:

Jack Besley: 78, 78, 78, 85

Jack McLeod: 76, 78, 80, 86

Luke Ellis: 89, 88, 85, 105

Phil Malm: 97, 95, 98, 102


Senior's Men Team:

Tony Klimek:  90, 84, 101, 86

Paul Hammond: 96, 93, 88, 89

Paul Bourke: 89, 92, 87, 98

Wayne Parsons:  102, 106, 91, 89


Ladies Individual:

Therese Pierce: 114, 114, 112, 111


Results and more photos of the WDGC 2016 are available on the website:


It was a great experience to play at Denmark's tough golf course and we all have come away with knowledge and experience.  The golf course offered incredible challenges and our team have tried our best in all four rounds of golf.     Thanks to the team captains- Jack Besley and Tony Klimek- for their ongoing support during the championship rounds.   Thanks also to the caddies-- Carol McLeod,  Hugh Besley and Heather Bourke.   Also Geoff and Jane Read (NSW) for their surprised visit towards the end of the championships.  It was great to see them and we appreciated their encouragement and support to our team.

Text Box:

Arnold Palmer's quote sums up the team's efforts:


"Success in golf depends less on strength of body, more on strength of mind and character".




The next World Deaf Golf Championships will take place in Dublin, Ireland in 2018. 


Selections for the 2018 Australian Team will take place at the next 24th Australian Deaf Golf Championships in Wollongong, NSW, in 23-25 April 2017.     For Entry Form and more information, please check the website:


M. Therese Pierce

Team Manager (Australia)

WDGC 2016 – Denmark


Winners –

Senior MenŐs Team 2016

1st:   USA








Australian Senior MenŐs Team: L to R 

Tony Klimek,  Wayne Parsons, Paul Hammond & Paul Bourke



Standing L to R:  Luke Ellis, Paul Bourke, Jack McLeod, Tony Klimek, Wayne Parsons, Phil Malm

Kneeling:  Therese Pierce, Jack Besley, Paul Hammond