Chad NeSmith and Andy Church (U.S.A, B1)
Chad comes from Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.A, and was born in the 1960s. His aid is his golf teacher and friend, Andy Church.
Chad lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 35. While losing his sight he completed his Doctorate in Counselor Education. Along with his wife, Patricia of 23 years, they worked together in private practice serving children and their families with all types of disabilities.
His wife was the person who insisted he find a hobby to deal with boredom and depression after his vision was completely gone. She challenged him to try golf. At that point, he met his caddy, coach, and now best friend, Andy Church. After ten years of practice, Chad played in his first United States Blind Golf Association event. He is the 2016, 2017, and 2018 United States National Blind Golf Champion. He also won the Irish Blind Golf Open, B1 sight category,in 2017, the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic (setting an all-time scoring record) in 2018, and he placed 2nd in the World Blind Golf Championship in 2018.
Something interesting about Chad is that he, along with many others in his family and support group, has started a 501-C3 organization called AVID which stands for A Vision in Darkness. The current mission of the organization is to bring the therapeutic power of golf to blind and visually impaired young students who wish to learn the game of golf.