The summer of 2015 has become an eventful one for Thomaston golfer Brian Oglesbee. Last month he was named the new coach of the Upson-Lee Golf Team, and last week he won the McCulloch Memorial Match Play Championship in Ohio for the second years in a row. The national tournament is held for the top blind golfers in the nation.
At the McCulloch Memorial, the two golfers with the best scores were paired up against one another for the final day and the championship. Brian was up by five strokes with five holes left to play, and clinched the championship on the 14th hole.
Encouraged by his parents and a strong faith in God, Brian Oglesbee has never let his inability to see keep him from playing a variety of sports. Cancer of the retina was found when Brian was two years old. Doctors removed one eye, but the cancer treatment caused a cataract to form in his other eye, rendering him legally blind. On his 16th birthday, the cataract was removed in hopes of allowing him to see again, but instead, it make him completely blind. But, he said his mother wouldn’t let him pity himself. With his mother’s encouragement, his father coached him in golf and got him started back living his life.
Brian said the events surrounding his life convinced him he wanted to be a teacher. He graduated from the University of Georgia, and has taught Social Studies at Upson-Lee High School for the last 11 years.
Brian is coached by his younger brother, Alex Oglesbee, who will also be helping with the Upson-Lee Golf Team next spring. They usually compete in two tournaments a year: the McCulloch Memorial Match Play Championship in Ohio each June, and the National Stroke Play in San Antonio in October. This year, they will add the Ryder Cup to their schedule. The 12 best blind American golfers will take on the 12 best blind Canadian golfers in July.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.