On Friday evening, July 11, 2014, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) held its 2nd annual Shot in the Dark Golf Classic, a nine-hole golf tournament in the dark, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD.
This CLB-sponsored event is chaired by Mike Haddad and Tony Pica, Northern Virginia Market President for Capital One Bank. “Capital One Bank is proud to partner with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind to support the Shot in the Dark golf classic,” said Pica. “I’m honored to serve as the event chair and encourage others to participate in this event, the proceeds from which will help to improve the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired in our community.”
Preceding the classic, novice golfers who are blind or visually impaired participated in a golf clinic hosted by nationally renowned golfers who are blind, Bruce Hooper and Phil Blackwell, the National Champion of American Blind Golf. During the clinic, participants will have opportunities to learn different golf techniques, basics, and fundamentals.
“The Shot in the Dark Golf Classic is an opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired to be aware that all things are achievable,” said Anthony J. Cancelosi, K.M., President and CEO of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. “Likewise, this event is an inspiration to golfers everywhere.”
The golf tournament teed off right before sundown in a scramble format. The golf course was adorned with glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls.
Since 1900, CLB has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington, D.C. region overcome the challenges of vision loss. CLB’s work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society.