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      Blind golfers compete in national championship in RI

      If you've ever played a round of golf you know the sport can be frustrating, but imagine playing it blind. That's what 27 men and women from across the country will be doing in Exeter on Monday and Tuesday at the U.S. Blind Golf Association's national championship.

      "I don't think a lot of people know that blind people play golf, so it's an opportunity for us to showcase what we do," USBGA President Jim Baker said.

      Each golfer has a sighted coach who lines them up before each shot. The coach then guides the club to the ball and reviews the shot with their player. Ty Thompson says losing his sight gave him an unexpected edge.

      "I can read the contours of the greens with my feet so well that sighted golfers want me to read the put for them when we're in scrambles because their eyes play tricks on them whereas my feet read the trueness to a green's break," Competitor, Ty Thompson said.

      "You use your other senses to enjoy the golf course, right now I can feel sun on my face and wind on my back," Competitor Ron Derry said.

      Derry, who played golf before he lost his sight, offers both perspectives of the sport. "The advantages of sighted golf you can enjoy your good shots, you can see beautiful golf courses, the advantage of blind golf you can't see your bad shots," Derry said.

      Tournament play begins Monday morning at the Exeter Country Club from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and resumes Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.