Blind golfer Chad “Doc” NeSmith latest to join team USA

Chad “Doc” NeSmith grew up in Alabama but now lives in Owensboro, Kentucky. He went blind at the age of 12 being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable disease that over a few years, left him completely blind.

It wasn’t until his mid-30s that he would discover a sport that would become his passion — blind golfOnce he started, he has become a coach, mentor, and friend to other visually impaired golfers.

Chad NeSmith USA Cairns Cup Player 2024

“Until I started playing blind golf and competed in my first blind golf tournament, (that) was the first time I met another blind person, and I’d been blind for 14 years. So now that I have a whole group of blind folks when we compete in golf tournaments, we don’t talk about being blind, we talk about golf,” said Chad. 

Chad will make a great addition to team USA, his love for the game is infectious this will surely benefit the Cairns Cup throughout the week-long event.

Chad said “So honoured to be selected and can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be awesome”