Thomaston’s Oglesbee wins Blind Golf Match Play Championship

By Wes McCard

July 8, 2014

Waking up everyday with the ability to see what goes on around you and others as we travel through the journey of life, is something that many take for granted everyday. For Thomaston’s Brian Oglesbee, the loss of sight is just something that he has dealt with as a part of everyday life for 20 years.

Even without the ability to see, Oglesbee has became a successful teacher, a coach, a loving husband, and now can add Championship golfer to the list. Brian recently competed in the American Blind Golf Match Play Championship at Ridge Top Golf Course in Medina, Ohio. After finishing in second place after the first day of the tournament, Oglesbee came from behind in day two, defeating his good friend Joe Hojnick from Wisconsin to win the Championship.

The first day of competition saw 21 golfers participate in a stableford points format, and on day two, the golfers played in a match play format. With the help of his younger brother and swing coach Alex Oglesbee, Brian was able to defeat his buddy Joe 3 & 1 after the second day of the tournament.

“I would say there were three things which enabled me to be successful out there on the course,” said Oglesbee. “First of all there was divine intervention. Without God in my life, many things, including playing golf, would not be possible. Secondly, my brother Alex was wonderful out there. He was able to make adjustments with me as the tournament went along. He helped line me up, and encouraged me along the way. This was his first time on the bag helping me in a golf tournament, and after this victory, the job is his and his alone. Lastly, I would say I played a minor role. Alex made it simple for me and all I had to do was concentrate on my swing.”

Oglesbee can also be seen on the links with the Upson-Lee Knights golf team as an assistant coach. Even though Coach Oglesbee is unable to see, he should know that his ability to persevere and have a positive effect on the ones he comes in contact with, has opened the eyes many of others.