03.01.12 – We Honour Logan’s Best Athletes of 2011

03.01.12 – We Honour Logan’s Best Athletes of 2011

  • From: Quest Newspapers
  • January 03, 2012 4:54PM

Sports reporter Tom Boswell hands out his major awards for 2011

Best performer with disability: Glenn Niciejewski

A two-time Blind Golf Australian circuit championship winner last year.
We Honour Logan's Best Athletes of 2011The sole Queensland golfer playing on the national circuit has cemented his position in this year’s Blind Golf World Championships to be held in Canada.
Niciejewski won the Victorian Open in July before backing up to win the Western Australia Open in November.
The talented player nearly made it a triple crown when he placed second at the Australian Open.
The determined golfer has continued to surprise and is planning his assault for this year’s world championships.

16.12.11 – Crestmead Golfer Off To World Championships

16.12.11 – Crestmead Golfer Off To World Championships

  • by: Tom Boswell, Albert & Logan News
  • From: Quest Newspapers
  • December 16, 2011 12:01AM

Right: Glenn Niciejewski celebrates his recent win in the WA Open Source: Quest Newspapers

Glenn Niciejewski’s life is about defying the odds.

Since picking up the sport of golf just two years ago the blind Crestmead resident has consistently shocked and awed spectators with his rare talent and determination to succeed.
So it was natural that when the only Queensland player on the Blind Golf Australia circuit heard about the World Blind Golf Championships next year, he set himself the goal of cementing his place in the team.
Now with two years of touring Australia under his belt and the confidence from his recent Western Australian Open win, Niciejewski has surpassed all expectations to be named in the Australian team for the 2012 World Championships in Canada.
The news was almost too much for Niciejewski as it aroused emotion in the usually tough-skinned player.

“I welled up and was half crying,” Niciejewski said. “I’m so chuffed.”Crestmead Golfer Off To World Championships
There was always going to be a question mark on his selection as Niciejewski sat three outside the top six selected to go to Canada.
But with three of the eight above him opting to not make the trip, Niciejewski’s dream was set in stone.
The only Queenslander to ever make the World Championships is adamant the fairytale would not have played out without his recent Open win.
And he will enjoy the backing of caddie Scott Downing who carried the bag at the Western Australian Open.
Niciejewski will have three chances of winning in his time overseas with the Canadian Open, World Championships and US Open all scheduled within a two-week period.
“I’m going to have to really step it up,” he said.
“No Australian has ever won the championships, the closest was Graham Coulton who won the British Open when the Worlds were held in England in 2008.”
Over 60 players from the 13  national associations of registered blind golfers will take to Canada for the event.
With Australia currently vying to host the 2014 World Championships it is likely Niciejewski will have the opportunity to make it back-to-back championships.

For the past two years, Niciejewski has won the elite athlete with a disability category at the Logan City Sports Awards.
On both occasions  businessman David Kemp agreed to sponsor him to the tune of $5000.
”It’s the second year running I got it in the bag,” he said at the presentation in October.
“Qualifying for the World Championships has been a dream of mine since day one when I started in 2010,” he said.

07.10.10 – Blind Golfer Shows Star The Ropes

07.10.10 – Blind Golfer Shows Star The Ropes

7 Jun 10 @ 08:57am by Tom Boswell

Right: How it’s done . . . Glenn Niciejewski tees off from the first.

IN a match-up for the ages, former NRL prop Mark Tookey has gone head to head with local rising golf star Glenn Niciejewski.

Tookey, who played for Parramatta and New Zealand Warriors from 1998 to 2004, was given an insight into life of blind golfer Niciejewski as he teed off on the first hole at Chambers Pines Golf Club charity day.Blind Golfer Shows Star The Ropes
Wearing a pair of painted sunglasses, Tookey had no vision as he swung at the ball, which landed on the roof of the clubhouse.
The pair shared jokes on a day everyone enjoyed, raising awareness of golf’s local talent.
Niciejewski stepped up to the tee and swung straight through the ball to land it metres from the green.
“If you go into your back yard at night and put your hands over your eyes as you look into the sky, that’s what I see,’’ he said.
Niciejewski’s coach, former PGA Tour pro Bill Britton, showed how blind golfers learn to play as he demonstrated a putt.
Coming off the back of an impressive third at the Sporting Wheelies Challenge held at Nudgee last weekend, Niciejewski is in good form for the Blind Golf Australian tournaments later this year.
The lone Queensland competitor at the national tournaments said it was events like Chambers Pines that helped him continue to play. “Without sponsorship it’s really difficult to keep playing at these events,’’ Niciejewski said.

24.03.10 – Open Win In Sight

24.03.10 – Open Win In Sight

24 Mar 10 @ 08:14am by Tom Boswell

Glenn Niciejewski, centre with Rhonda Hitchins of Chambers Pines Golf Club and coach Bill Britten

A HEAVY training schedule has paid off for Crestmead’s Glenn Niciejewski after finishing ninth in the Vision Australia Victorian Open this month.
Competing against players who have varying amounts of vision, Niciejewski, 33, (who is totally blind) shot rounds of 162 and 156 to finish in the top 10. Open Win In Sight
Despite recording a six-shot improvement in his second round at the Rosebud Country Club, Niciejewski said his game wasn’t where he expected it to be.
“I think nerves got me in the Victorian Open,” he said.
“It was my first major competition and first time I have played at Victoria.”
With former PGA tour contender Bill Britton as his caddie, Niciejewski continues to train hard each week at his home course at Chambers Pines with a single-minded motivation.
“It is all about doing the work to bring that trophy home,” he said.
“I’m normally out hitting in the nets or playing holes on the course with Bill to improve my game.
“Bill is with me throughout my training and in my big events.
“We usually step out the feet from the pin when I am on the green, with Bill letting me know if the ball needs to go left or right.
“Then I just do my thing.”
There is no shortage of opportunities now for the talented and determined Crestmead golfer.
He is preparing for the Australian blind and vision impaired stableford championship in Adelaide in May.
“I am looking to improve on my weaknesses in preparation for stableford and other opens throughout the year,” he said.
“I have a really good short game, but my drives off the tee need to get better.”