More than 180 golfers will compete at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club later this month in the 14th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament.

The tournament will be played on both the Pines and Bay courses at the resort in Galloway Township with opening ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 17 and the competition running from Friday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 20.

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The golfers range in age from 13 to 61 and represent Special Olympics programs from 21 states and two Canadian provinces. There are seven athletes from New Jersey competing including Michael Kmiec, 43, from Cape May and Daniel Miller, 40, from Ocean City.

Special Olympics Golf, which is part of the sports association that provides programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offers five levels of play as part of the tournament.

Level I competition is an individual skills contest, where six golf skills are tested. Level II is an alternate shot team play, where a Special Olympics athlete is paired with a non-Special Olympics Partner, or a golfer without intellectual disability, of more advanced skill for a 9-hole competition.

Level III is a team competition that pairs Special Olympics and partners of similar ability for an 18-hole competition. Levels IV and V are individual stroke play 9-hole and 18-hole competitions, respectively.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be held from June 14 to 21 in Mercer County. That event will feature nearly 3,500 athletes from all 50 states competing in 16 Olympic-style sports.


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