Reno resident inducted into United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame

Millard G. Reed didn’t let his eyesight stop him from playing golf or working with the United States Blind Golf Association.

Reed, a longtime Reno resident, was recently inducted into the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2021 during the USBGA 75th Anniversary Golf Tournament at ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Hall of Fame Award is presented to individuals or organizations that support, promote and preserve the history of blind golf.

Reed graduated from the University of Nevada in 1962 with a degree in civil engineering. For the next 30 years he worked in Reno as a civil engineer, retiring in 1992 as director of public works.

After his retirement he continued as an engineering consultant and was active in fishing, tennis, occasional golf and the outdoors.

He lost his sight in his left eye in 1996 due to wet macular degeneration, eliminating his ability to play tennis.

Reed resumed his golf game when his neighbor started taking him on weekly golf outings. But in October 2004, he suffered further loss of vision until two years later the loss stabilized, leaving Reed with complete loss of central vision.

An adaptive sports specialist from Nevada Blind Services worked with Reed to learn golf with vision loss, and he received additional training at the Veterans Western Blind Rehabilitation Center.

He joined USBGA in 2007, but had to take another break from golf to care for his wife, who was battling cancer. She died in 2009.

Reed joined the USBGA in 2009 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. He was instrumental in a major revision of the Bylaws and in the creation of the Policies and Procedures document which details the day-to-day operations of the Board. .

Reed continued to work on his game with his trainer, Jay Carter. Reed quickly discovered Carter’s love for golf and they quickly became a golf team and great friends.

While Reed was on the board, with Jim Baker as chairman, they identified the need for a fundraising platform. There was no fundraising structure in place and no funds existed to support it.

Reed suggested a potential endowment. Baker and Reed began to think about using some of Reed’s trusted distributions to create the endowment. Two years later, on September 26, 2017, Reed funded the Millard G. Reed USBGA Endowment with $ 116,000.

He made a second large donation to the foundation in 2020.

Reed also works with PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the charitable foundation of the PGA military program PGA REACH.

PGA HOPE introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

In addition to Reed’s charitable and personal support to visually impaired golfers, he began to excel in the competitive game of visually impaired golf.

Within the USBGA, he won two National Senior Championship titles, three National Stableford Championship titles, one National Stableford Visually Impaired Champion title, two Regional Net Champion titles and one Regional Stableford Champion title.

He also competes in the Games of the Golden Age of Veterans, where he won four gold medals in blind golf.

Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.

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