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Blind Golfer Wins National Championship

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville golfer has overcome great odds to become a national champion for the fourth time.

David Meador just returned home after winning his latest United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) National Championship in Oregon City, Ore. Meador competed against 20 other golfers from around the country to win the prize.

Meador has been competing since 1974.  He lost his eyesight in a car accident at age 18.  His father encouraged him to play golf  to help recover from the accident.

"I grew up playing the game," said Meador. "If we can take a natural talent and do what people don't expect, it just opens people's eyes to what can be."

Meador plays with the help of his coach of 15 years, Everett Davis.  Davis ensures Meador is in the correct position, has the right club, and knows how hard to swing.

"I don't tell him how to play, he knows how to play," said Davis.  " I just serve as his eyes, and guide him around the course."

The two have developed an efficient system that works.

"I can tell instantly whether I hit the ball well and Everett explains if it went a little left," said Meador.  "Communication is key."

Meador said people are always surprised when they see a blind golfer hit the links.

"I would like to think people walk away saying, ‘if they can do that, just think what I should be able to do,'" said Meador.

Meador has also served as a past president of the USBGA. In his free time, he also works as a motivational speaker, and helps raise money for the USBGA.  For more information, visit his website: 

The USBGA was founded in 1953.   The organization conducts three annual tournaments and holds more than a dozen clinics for blind and vision-impaired children through its junior blind golf program. The USBGA also has a Hall of Fame that honors legendary players and contributing organizations.


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