KARACHI In a unique competition, three vision impaired golfers will contest against top professionals in a three-hole challenge during inaugural Handa Singapore Classic that tees off in Singapore on Thursday. According to information received, the three vision impaired golfers competing in the challenge are Chairman of the IBGA David Blyth (Australia), Deputy Chairman of the IBGA Neil Baxter (England) and Yam TW (Malaysia). The trio will be paired with an Asian Tour professional who will be blindfolded in the challenge which is played based on the Texas Scramble format. The three-hole blind golf challenge is an initiative driven by International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) Chairman Dr Haruhisa Handa who aims to raise awareness for blind golf through his sponsorship of the Handa Singapore Classic. A line-up of players including Asias number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Singapores Lam Chih Bing will battle for top honours at the US$400,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Singapore Professional Golf Association. The official charity for the event is the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) which has built a close collaboration with the ISPS through the support which Dr Handa provides for blind golf around the world. The ISPS wants to encourage more juniors, seniors and people with disabilities to get involved in golf. We have a very strong relationship with the blind golf community and it has been a passion of mine to help foster the development of this format of the sport across the world, said Dr Handa. The ISPS is a 'General Incorporated Association based in Tokyo which was founded by a Japanese philanthropist Dr Handa. The ISPS contributes to society through supporting various sporting interests currently focusing on golf and bowling. In golf, the ISPS actively supports the International Blind Golf Association in addition to supporting a number of other charities for handicapped people. The IBGA establishes the rules and conditions for international competitions and organises World Championship every two years. The IBGA was officially founded in 1998 through the efforts of Dr Haruhisa Handa (now Honorary Patron of IBGA) who arranged meetings in Australia and the United States in 1996 and 1997. The number of member countries has grown steadily up to 16 official members.