2015 Golf Season

2015 Golf Season

The golf events for 2015 are currently being reviewed by the Committee, dates and venues will shortly be released.

To view golf events from the 2014 season

For further information on events, please e-mail: secretary@welshdisabledgolf.org.uk

RTW Results – Captains Away Day 9 September 2014 – Forest Hills Golf Club

Captains Away Day – Forest Hills Golf Club

Overall
Position
Player Score Comments Revised
Handicap
1 Overton, Michael  39 pts (17) Overall Winner 16.6
2 Wallace, Keith  37 pts (23) Overall Runner-Up 23.4
3 Merrit, Mark  34 pts (16) Overall Third 15.7
4 GUNNING, PETER  33 pts (28) 28.1
5 Wallace, Michael  29 pts (19) 18.6
6 Abbott, Mark  14 pts (34) 34.0

 

UK Clubs urged to back disabled golf

 UK Clubs urged to back disabled golf

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A teenager who gained a new lease of life through golf has issued a plea for all golf clubs in the UK to implement R&A approved disabled rules.

Jordan Rosser, above left, aged 14, has written to every club in the country through Golf Club Management magazine urging them to adopt the rules to give golfers with disabilities the chance to compete in club competitions and reap the rewards of playing golf as he has done.

The adjusted rules enable use of a caddy and supervisor on the course but have only been taken up by a few clubs to date.

Wales-based Rosser, whose home club is Rhondda Golf Club is one of the few that does allow the rules, is among a growing number of golfers, both adults and juniors, to find solace in the game particularly through the ISPS Handa PGA Academy Coaching programme which helps PGA Professionals specialise in coaching disabled golfers to realise their potential regardless of disability.

Rosser, who suffers from a number of neuro and physical disabilities including autism, Tourette’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder (SPD), hypermobility, knock knee, crow’s feet, fallen arches and hearing problems, will be at the ISPS Handa Wales Open (September 18-21), playing in the pro-am and taking part in a special clinic with PGA pro Craig Thomas (above right) on the eve of the tournament at Celtic Manor Resort to highlight the accessibility of golf.

Previously housebound and isolated as he entered his teenage years, Rosser has in the space of a couple of years gained a new zest for life through golf and in particular Thomas who leads the ISPS Handa programme.

His progress has been remarkable with his handicap down from 25 to 15 in a year and his goal is to qualify as a PGA Professional and coach disabled golf.

Rosser firmly believes all clubs should take a pro-active stance to give disabled golfers greater access to the benefits that can be derived from the game and regularly champions the cause of disabled golf through his Twitter account.

“My home club is Rhondda Golf Club and it allows me to use the disabled rules to take part in mainstream competitions with the juniors and also play for the junior first team,” said Rosser.

“Another club that allows me to play regularly using the rules is The Vale. The Principality Junior Wales Open also made history this year for being the first large scale junior open to use the disabled rules in its qualifier events. Southerndown, Cottrell Park and Tenby Golf Club have all agreed to use the rules for their junior opens this year.

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“ISPS Handa promote blind and disabled golf around the world and it is getting more into the limelight and being noticed. The message needs to go out that there are hundreds of disabled golfers out there and they need to be accommodated and the ideal would be for all clubs to implement The R&A disabled rules so as we can join in and play on a level playing field.

“My ambition in golf is to be a PGA qualified teaching pro and an ISPS Handa coach to other disabled golfers, the same as my coach Craig Thomas is, and I am currently on a four-year development plan with golfer David Pocock, who is going to be guiding me on where I need to be at age 18 to train to become a qualified pro. I currently volunteer with Valleys Golf for junior disabled and non-disabled coaching twice a week.”

Rosser’s mother Emma added: “Jordan has multiple neuro and physical issues which restricts his opportunities in terms of other sports where issues such as contact are a problem.

“But after trying a number of sports he discovered golf and once Craig (Thomas) became his coach his handicap has come down dramatically.

“His goal is now to follow Craig and become a coach and he already does some volunteer work with inclusive programmes.

“Golf has given him a life, before he discovered it, he would never leave his room but now he has new friends through golf, loves the sport and it has given him a new lease of life.”

** Any disabled golfers interested can take advantage of free coaching all week in the main tented village at the ISPS Handa Wales Open which Craig Thomas will be delivering where he will also be able to answer questions regarding disability golf.

In addition Craig has 15 free passes for anyone registered disabled and their carer for each of the four days of the Wales Open (September 18-21) which they can arrange by contacting Craig Thomas by email atctommogolf@aol.com or on 07973 798483

New Captains introduction Day – St Andrews Major Golf Club 22nd September

Competition Result  St Andrews Major

Played on Monday, 22 September 2014 at St Andrews Major.
Overall
Position
Player Score Comments Revised
Handicap
1 Merrit, Mark  35 pts (16) Overall Winner 15.7
2 Wallace, Keith  34 pts (23) Overall Runner-Up 23.4
3 Furnish, Paul  32 pts (28) Overall Third Away
4 ROSSER, Jordan  28 pts (15) 14.6
5 Wallace, Michael  27 pts (19) 18.7
6 Overton, Michael  26 pts (17) 16.7
7 Davies, Tony  25 pts (34) 33.7
8 Sandbrook, Laurence  23 pts (21) 20.9
9 GUNNING, PETER  22 pts (28) 28.2

St Andrews Major Golf Club

St Andrews Major Golf club is a beautifully crafted and relatively flat parkland golf course. One of the outstanding features of the course is the excellent quality of the greens that hold up to play all year round. The greens are designed to US specifications with a composition of 70% sand and 30% soil which aids excellent drainage and allows the greens stay firm. This ensures that we play on full greens all year round without using temporary greens.

Event Criteria
09.00 – Meet and Greet, Coffee + Bacon Rolls
11.00 – Tee off
Buggy hire is available
Lunch as each group arrive back at the club house, choice between: Chicken Curry half&half or Fish & Chips
Prize giving after lunch

The cost of day will be: £30 for all golfers

To add yourself to the list, E-mail: secretary@welshdisabledgolf.org.uk

Moving plea, by a disabled boy, to change golf that you will ever read

This is the most moving plea, by a disabled boy, to change golf that you will ever read

A 14-year-old boy with eight separate disabilities has written to almost every golf club manager in the UK asking them to make the game more accessible for disabled people.

He particularly wants all clubs to implement The R&A’s recommendations for golfers with disabilities, which allows clubs to modify some of the rules of golf to accommodate golfers with special needs.

Jordan Rosser has autism, Tourette’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder (SPD), hypermobility, knock knee, crow’s feet and fallen arches, and he uses a hearing aid. Playing golf is both difficult and painful for him, but he has fallen in love with the game, has a handicap of 16.4 and has ambitions to become a PGA professional.

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However, he has written an article for the Golf Club Managers’ Association’s official journal, Golf Club Management, saying that some clubs are far more accommodating to his needs than others.

“It has been a long road for me with the disabilities I have,” he said.

“My knees and feet affect my golf a lot and cause a lot of pain and discomfort on the course. My autism also causes problems on the course.

“The R&A has adjusted rules for disabled golfers and these allow me to have a caddy and supervisor on the course. Some clubs are beginning to implement these rules but these clubs are few.”

Jordan is a member of Rhondda Golf Club in Wales and plays regularly at The Vale, two clubs that do implement The R&A’s allowed modifications.

“Rhondda allows me to use the disabled rules to take part in mainstream competitions with the juniors and also play for the junior first team,” he said.

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“The Principality Junior Wales Open also made history this year for being the first large scale junior open to use the disabled rules in its qualifier events. Southerndown, Cottrell Park and Tenby golf clubs have all agreed to use the rules for their junior opens this year.

‘The ideal would be for all clubs to implement The R&A disabled rules so we can join in’

“ISPS Handa promote blind and disabled golf around the world and it is getting more into the limelight and being noticed. The message needs to go out that there are hundreds of disabled golfers out there and they need to be accommodated and the ideal would be for all clubs to implement The R&A disabled rules so as we can join in and play on a level playing field.”

Jordan said that, despite the hurdles he faces in his life and often at golf clubs, he has also received a huge amount of support, which has helped him decide that he would like to stay with golf for many years.

“My ambition in golf is to be a PGA qualified teaching pro and an ISPS Handa coach to other disabled golfers,” he said. “I am currently on a four-year development plan to train to become a qualified pro and I volunteer with Valleys Golf for junior disabled and non-disabled coaching twice a week.

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“I play regularly with the Disabled Golf Association and last year won the Race to Wales tour; I was the only junior against grown men.”

Jordan Rosser – My Golf Story

Read Jordan’s heart warming story here, and follow him on Twitter here.

New Support – Welsh Royal Crystal

We are pleased to announce that Welsh Royal Crystal have chosen to support the Welsh Disabled Golf Association. Many Thanks for support and help with the trophies for the Welsh Disabled Golf Open 18 August 2014.

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Race to Wales Results – Coed-y-Mwstwr

Welsh Disabled Golf Association

Competition Result

Coed-Y-Mwstwr

Played on Monday, 4 August 2014 at Coed-y-Mwstwr.
Competition Scratch Score = 69 (36pts) (Men) Non-Qualifying (Ladies). 

Overall
Position
Player Score Comments Revised
Handicap
1 Overton, Michael  35 pts (17) Overall Winner 16.8
2 ROSSER, Jordan  34 pts (16) Overall Runner-Up 16.4
3 Merrit, Mark  33 pts (14) Overall Third 13.7
4 Camani, Douglas  29 pts (17) 17.2
5 Morgan, Peter  29 pts (25) 24.8
6 Wallace, Michael  28 pts (18) 18.4
7 Furnish, Paul  24 pts (28) Away
8 GUNNING, PETER  24 pts (28) 27.9
9 Davies, Tony  22 pts (34) 33.7
10 Audus, Martin  19 pts (20) 19.7
11 Abbott, Mark  14 pts (34) 34.0
12 Wallace, Keith  12 pts (23) 23.3

The following player(s) returned Twos or better in this competition:

Hole Player Score
2 Morgan, Peter 2

R.T.Wales Order of Merit

Welsh Disabled Golf Association

R.T.Wales Order of Merit – Results calculated 28th July 2014 19:27

Position Player Points No. of
Comp’s
1 Wallace, Michael 156 6
2 Wallace, Keith 151 6
3 Camani, Douglas 150 5
4 Overton, Michael 144 6
5 Merrit, Mark 135 4
6 Sandbrook, Laurence 110 5
7 Davies, Tony 105 2
8 GUNNING, PETER 103 4
9 Furnish, Paul 95 6
10 ROSSER, Jordan 93 3
11 Morgan, Peter 76 4
12 Mahoney, Matt 66 3
13 Savastano, James A 45 3
14 Audus, Martin 40 4
15 Jones, Nicki 38 1
16 Champaneria, Kirit 31 1
16 Smith, Martyn 31 1
18 Standing, Dave 25 1
19 Clarke, Warren 20 2
19 Cocks, Stephen 20 1
21 Bembenek, Stanley 10 1
21 daniels, nick 10 1
21 Robertson, Graeme 10 1
21 Robertson, Sue 10 1

Race to Wales Results – Peterstone Lakes 28/07/2014

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                                           Competition Result – Peterstone Lakes

Played on Monday, 28 July 2014 at Peterstone Lakes.
Competition Scratch Score = 72 (36pts) (Men) Non-Qualifying (Ladies). 
Overall
Position
Player Score Comments Revised
Handicap
1 Merrit, Mark  41 pts (15) Overall Winner 13.7
2 Davies, Tony 41 pts (36) Overall Runner-Up 33.7
3 GUNNING, PETER  37 pts (28) Overall Third 27.8
4 Mahoney, Matt  36 pts (16) 15.7
5 Morgan, Peter  35 pts (25) 24.7
6 Wallace, Michael  35 pts (18) 18.3
7 Sandbrook, Laurence  35 pts (21) 20.8
8 Savastano, James A  33 pts (08) Away
9 Overton, Michael  32 pts (17) 16.8
10 Camani, Douglas  31 pts (17) 17.1
11 Audus, Martin  31 pts (20) 19.6
12 Wallace, Keith  31 pts (23) 23.2
13 Furnish, Paul  29 pts (28) Away
14 McCulloch, Donald  28 pts (26) Visitor
15 ROSSER, Jordan  28 pts (16) 16.4
16 Standbridge, Barry  17 pts (18) Visitor