Inducted in 2009
Joe McCourt grew up in Philadelphia, Pa., and was introduced to blind golf in the 1990s when he watched a blind golfer and his coach work together on the course. After that, he dedicated himself to helping blind golfers fall in love with the game.
He helped Bob Andrews, a blind golfer and past president of the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA), win two USBGA National Championships.
McCourt introduced hundreds of men and women to the game of golf, assisted in initiating the junior golf program for the USBGA and continued to support and grow the Association for more than 25 years. In 1998, he was on the committee that organized the first World Blind Golf Championship, which was held in Florida.
The USBGA’s motto can be traced back to McCourt’s effort when he challenged a university marketing class to come up with a motto for the USBGA. The result of that challenge was “You Don’t Have to See It to Tee It!” which remains the Association’s motto to this day.
For his work helping to grow the game of golf, Joe McCourt earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.