The Leader Dogs Classic

Over 30 Years of Support

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2017 »   

The Leader Dogs Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona started as a dream of a Leader Dog client and has since grown into our longest running third party event. Established in 1987 by Leader Dog Client Joe Nessinger, the golf tournament was designed to raise much needed funds for Leader Dog.

Photo of four people, three men and one woman, smiling and facing the camera. They are wearing golf outfits and standing on a golf course in Arizona. One of the men is kneeling next to a yellow lab in leather Leader Dog harness

The event works to highlight the talent and tenacity of the blind or visually impaired participants. From amazing drives to unbelievable putts, these golfers prove without any doubt that they are completely capable of participating and thriving in activities such as golf.

The annual tournament is held in conjunction with the Heather Farr Blind Golf Clinic (HFBGC), which pairs blind and sighted golf pros with adults, veterans or youth who are visually impaired.

Since 1987, the Leader Dogs Classic has raised over $260,000. The LDC tournament will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Troon North Golf Club. The HFBGC is slated for Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Scottsdale TPC Champions facility. For additional information or to register, please visit