Golf made its debut at the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The training season is usually beginning in March and, in PA, culminates at Summer Games in June at Penn State University.

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Spring/Summer

Head Coach: Ronnie Barton

What to Expect: Training begins in early spring indoors before moving outside when weather permits. The program is skills only (driving, chipping, putting).

Training SpecificsTypically held Saturday afternoon at either Play-a-Round Golf (indoor) or MGolf (outdoor). Click HERE for the current season’s information.

Competition Dates: Currently, our program does not compete in state-wide competitions. We do host an end-of-season competition at local course (TBD).

Equipment: Feel free to bring your own clubs. We will provide all the required equipment if necessary. Communicate with the coach ahead of time.

Uniform Requirements: Golf shoes or sneakers must be worn at all times. When on a golf course, a collared shirt is usually preferred.


ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to To download a copy of medical application, check our resource page. To check on medical expiration date, please go here:

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).