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.
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.