Japan Disabled Golf Association(JDGA) was established in 1991 by KENJI MIZUTA(parasports trainer and physical therapist worked for National Rehabilitation Center).
The first championship,”The 1st Japan Open Golf Championship” was held in 1996 at Wing Field Golf Club(Tochigi ken). That time, wheel chair players have played for 18 holes for the first time in Japan.
SEIJOE SATO(president of JDGA) joined this championship to help MIZUTA and has been leading JDGA since then. Sato was a economic journalist.He had a lot of connections with business persons. They have been supporting Sato and JDGA to make the association bigger and more active.
In 2000, SATO and 3 players went to USA to play NAGA(National Amputee Golf Association) Championship.There, Sato invited 3 excellent disabled golfers from USA and Australia.Dan Cox,Gary Hooks and Geoff Nicholas came to Japan and played The 5th Japan Open Golf Championship for the disabled.
This is the beginning of our international activities and we first opened the door for the players from abroad.
Every year, several paragolf players from abroad have participated “Japan Open Golf Championship for people disabilities”.
The photograph above is in 2004 in Nikko. Bill Harding, Dan Cox,Kim Moor,Kelly Valentin(USA) and Jeroen Coumou(Holland) visited Nikko City Mayor Fumio Saito at Nikko City office after the championship.
Basically, our members are about 500 disabled golfers all over Japan.Also we have about 300 supporters. We are a member of Japanese Para-Sports Association which is leading para-sports in Japan.
Japan Golf Association(National body of golf) has been supporting us for a long while.
JDGA organizes 3 official para golf championships a year, and golf lesson,monthly tournament in every month.
The three official championships
1, Japan Open Golf Championship for people with disabilities & Japan Grand Prix Championship for people with disabilities
2.Regeonal Open Golf Championship for people with disabilities
3.Japan Golf Championship for people recovered from STROKE
So far, a lot of disabled golfers from abroad have played and enjoyed Japan Open Golf Championship for people with disabilities & Japan Grand Prix Championship for people with disabilities. Their good plays have been stimulating Japanese disabled golfers and supporters.
Also we have been sending Japanese disabled golfers and committees to the International tournaments, such as NAGA Championship(USA),World Disabled Golf Championship(2016,2018 in USA)、and some other championships in Europe.We have studied a lot of method and paragolf spirit from them.
In 2014, we organized the 1st World Disabled Golf Championship at One Way Golf Club. About 50 players from 15 countries played this championship and it was successfully finished.
Please refer to WDGA in Japan
We organized this championship cooperated with NAGA(USA)、CAGA(Canada)、EDGA and Australia in order to make paragolf included into Paralympic.
This WDGC Championship is passed to USA World Disabled Golf Championship in 2016 and 2018.
- To expand paragolf in Japan and in the world
- To make people understand paragolf
- To make good golf environment for all
- To make paragolf include into Paralympic