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‘Race To Burhill’ 2013

October 14th, 2013 No comments

Throughout 2013, we held a series of six qualifying events at BGL courses throughout the country www.bglgolf.co.uk – events were held at Abbey Hill (Milton Keynes), Ramsdale (Notts), Thornbury (Bristol), Hoebridge (Surrey), Birchwood (Kent) and Redbourn (Herts).

BGL’s Pay and Play courses focus on offering “accessible and affordable golf to players of all abilities. The Centres are of universal appeal but are particularly suitable for newcomers to the game, with a golf academy, driving range, par 3 course and main course at all locations”. Sue Robertson, DGA Director said “We have found each of BGL’s courses has their own unique character and each has something extra to offer. What we’ve found has remained the same throughout, the warm welcome and commitment to excellence at each and every venue.”

The Disabled Golf Association was able to make excellent use of BGL’s course set up throughout the season, confident that for each event, they could cater for regulars and lower handicap players, anyone needing an introduction, shorter course and tuition. This was all made possible at any of the venues as BGL’s Golf Centres are Golfmark accredited.

Qualifiers
The first three qualifiers from each of the 6 events were invited to Final at BGL’s prestigious flagship course, New Course at Burhill Golf Club. Qualifiers represented what DGA is all about – drawn from different parts of the country, different disabilities i.e amputees, one-arm, cerebral palsy, polio, MS, Parkinson’s and with ages from 17-63. 15 men and one lady came from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northanptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent and South Wales.

Final at Burhill
Players were delighted to be greeted by none other than Pip Elson, PGA Pro at Burhill and former PGA European Tour player. So on Wednesday 9th October at 10.30am 16 players teed off on the New Course at Burhill. The dew was heavy but the wind picked up after an hour or so and dried the fast-running greens. The course was a challenge, in superb condition, it proved both a delight.

There was a longest drive on the 7th won by Scott Richardson, an above-the-knee amputee from Buckinghamshire; nearest the pin on the famous 18th was won by Ben Whitlock, one-arm golfer from Hampshire. The front nine was won by Peter Hardy of Hampshire, and the back nine by Kevin White of Berkshire.

So to our 18-hole competition winners of this grand end-of-season finale, 3rd place was above-the-knee amputee Alan Moulpied from Wiltshire with 32points on countback, 2nd was one-arm golfer Ben Whitlock from Hampshire with 33points, and the winner, with 35points, was Nicki Jones from Brecon in South Wales.

Nicki is the Events Co-Ordinator for the Disabled Golf Association in Wales and arranges events there. It was great to have him over the border to Thornbury GC for the first qualifying event and he has represented Wales 3 times in internationals – Auld Enemies Cup at Slaley Hall 2011, at Kinross 2013, and in the recent Wales versus England 2013 at Pontypridd GC. Nicki’s handicap is maintained at his club in Brecon. Nicki has a condition called Perthies which effects his hip joints and with regular extremely painful cortisone injections is able to walk and to play golf.

Scott qualified at Abbey Hill, Peter at Ramsdale, Kevin at Thornbury, Alan at Hoebridge, Ben at Abbey Hill, and Nicki Jones at Thornbury GC. Trophies were donated by BGL Golf and the Race to Wales sponsored the Nearest the Pin. All of the winners were presented with sleeves of Pro-V1 balls donated by Titleist, our sponsor for the last two seasons.

Graeme Robertson said “We have been delighted to have this competition with the BGL Group. Many thanks to Gill Fee, Sales and Marketing Manager at Burhill GC, Jamie O’Keefe, Sales and Marketing Manager for BGL Golf, and Colin Mayes, Chief Executive at BGL for making this happen. We’ve gained a great deal of publicity through the BBC and Radio to help promote disabled golf. It’s been a competition our members have wanted to compete in to gain a place at such a prestigious course. We look forward to working with BGL again in the future.”

It was a fabulous competition, qualifiers having played with DGA at numerous events, and at such a competitive yet friendly level was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who took part in such a spectacular day.

To view more images of the Race to Burhill, please click here.
Race to Burhill Press Release. Download pdf.

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Get into Golf

October 9th, 2013 No comments

Free Golf Coaching Sessions for people with Disabilities at New Malton Golf Club 

New Malton Golf Club will be offering free coaching taster sessions for adults who have a disability or additional needs as part of the Get into golf national drive to inspire more people to play the game.

The New Malton Club in Meldreth, Royston is a friendly and welcoming club. Accessible to all the club already welcomes members with disabilities to the club and wants to help increase participation in golf by offering free coaching sessions to groups or individuals to support them to get started in golf at their own pace.,John Harvey, the county development officer, commented: “Golf is a great game for everyone who enjoys friendship, fresh air and exercise.  I am very excited to be supporting New Malton Golf Club deliver this initiative. They’re passionate about helping new golfers who might never have picked up a Golf club, develop their skills and hopefully, look to take up Golf regularly”

Brian Mudge the Clubs Golf Pro who will be delivering the sessions said “This is an excellent opportunity to come and try golf for free and to benefit from what New Malton Golf Club has to offer.  We’ll provide all of the equipment so those wishing to participate just need to book their place and turn up in comfortable clothing ready to have some fun”.

To find out about the sessions or to book your place contact Brian Mudge on 07989 715401 or email: growgolfcoaching@btinternet.com

All you have to do is book your place and turn up on the day in comfortable clothing – equipment is provided.

For further information please contact:
Brian Mudge
Golf Pro, New Malton Golf Club
07989 715401
growgolfcoaching@btinternet.com

John Harvey
County Development Officer
Cambridgeshire Golf Partnership
07506 735925
golf.cambridge@gmail.com

Oldfield Trophy, Wales v England – Pontypridd Golf Club, South Wales

September 24th, 2013 No comments

Oldfield Trophy, Wales v England Press Release

Well it finally arrived, the Oldfield Trophy at the immaculate Pontypridd Golf Club took place late September on a cool dry day. The typical welsh weather had made a difficult course that ever so slightly harder with a few days rain previously that had stopped any run on the ball. This however didn’t put any gloom over the inspirational field of players that was representing Wales and England in the first ever Oldfield Trophy that is a true work of art in itself. Pontypridd golf club, staff and members all came to support in ways of ball spotting, caddies, general help and spectators. Without their support the event would not have been as a huge success that it obviously was. Huge thanks go out to all that were involved:

  • Pontypridd golf club and Coors for staging and sponsoring
    the event for all participants.
  • Oldfield Forge for designing and making the trophy.
  • Members for providing help throughout the day in all ways as mentioned
    and for donating their personal buggies, without this the event wouldn’t
    have gone ahead.

Right, back to the event.
The front nine was four ball better ball and all matches were closely fought out with each match having to play the full nine holes to secure either a win or a half. However England took a 4.5 – 3.5, lead at the turn. The second nine was 12 single matches. The first 6 singles seen Wales sharing the points to keep the scores tight. With only 6 matches left the scores were all set up to have the 18th hole playoff for the first ever winner of the Oldfield Trophy, however a very experienced Team England team finished the job off strongly with winning 4.5 points of the 6 left on offer, to clinch victory and Welsh soil.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM ENGLAND.
This is the first PAN Disability International Event for DGA Wales with many more events like this to continue. A quote from English Team Captain summed up today’s event with “England are not the only winners today, Disabled golf as a whole has won also.” I personally don’t think any truer words could be said.

The event was also covered by ITV Wales the link is as follows:
http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2013-09-23/wales-v-england-disabled-golf-tournament-held-in-pontypridd/ 

To view more images from this international event, please click here.

DGA 2 year deal with Glenbrae

April 18th, 2013 No comments

Disabled Golf Association announce 2 year deal with Glenbrae Golf as Official Apparel Supplier to over 700 members.

Disabled Golf Association CIC (DGA) is proud to announce a 2 year deal with Glenbrae Golf as official apparel suppliers to over 700 members across the UK. Acclaimed finest British knitwear manufacturers with their spinning operation based at Spa Mill, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire already support injured servicemen through Help for Heroes but this deal provides sponsorship and support to all disabled golfers throughout the UK.

Andrew Jones, Managing Director for Glenbrae Golf said “This represents an investment in the very heart of “grass roots” of golf and our continued support of noble charities such as “Help for Heroes” and non profit organisation “The Disabled Golf Association CIC” in the UK are of paramount importance to the brand.”

The deal includes sponsorship of Team England over 2 years, with team players all receiving jumpers and polo shirts for competition in the Auld Enemies Cup against the Scottish Disabled Golf Partnership (SDGP). The AEC2013 will be played as a 3-day Ryder Cup format at Kinross GC, Scotland 14-16th June 2013. Previous venues include Slaley Hall in 2011 and Breadsall Priory in 2012.

Graeme Robertson said “We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious, family-run business as Glenbrae Golf. I know first hand what a difference playing golf has made to my life, (I have MS) the therapeutic benefits are incredible.”

DGA is a pan-disability, not-for-profit organization, membership is free and event costs are kept low so they are always looking for sponsorship for events. Formed 3 years ago, DGA now have over 700 members across the UK and some overseas.

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The GOLF TRUST UNITY Day

October 17th, 2012 No comments

Members in the London area were invited to join players from the Special Olympics and members at The Shire for a very special event – The Golf Trust Unity Day. Members from The Disabled Golf Society CIC (DGS) all came away feeling it had been their great privilege to be a small part of this super day organised by Cae Menai Davies. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time playing in 3-balls, one member from The Shire, with one from Special Olympics and one from DGS. Not content with just a massive 3-ball competition on the day, Cae also had a huge group of school children at their Academy Course, and arranged a taster session for DGS member Barry Reed from Hertfordshire who currently plays from his wheelchair after a T5 injury following a motorcycle accident.

It was quite an experience for our newest DGS member, who is totally blind, Billy McAllister and his caddie Sam from Bedfordshire. The event was filmed by Hertfordshire County Council. What can we say about The Shire – ably led by Tony, this is a club who have a true heart for disabled golf – this is hardly surprising as this spectacular course itself was the first Seve Ballesteros designed course in England; the club house and facilities are superb and the members true superstars. We would love to see The Shire set themselves up as a centre in the area where we could direct our members to enjoy great tuition and great golf at reasonable prices going forwards; we hope to work closely with The Shire going forwards to set up a disabled golf tournament to match any other in the UK next year, so exciting times ahead indeed.

To view more images of this event, please click here.

Golf HandicUP comes to Kent

October 5th, 2012 2 comments

First there was The Paralympics, then there was The Ryder Cup now The Disabled Golf Society combines the two in Kent on the 8th & 9th October for the Golf HandicUP Trophy. A new concept in disabled sport where players with all types of disability will play and compete for the first disabled golf trophy between England and France.

Thanks to European Funding we are able to welcome a team of disabled golfers from France who will enjoy the best coaching and courses that England has to offer. Starting at Lydd Golf Club, Romney Road, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent. TN29 9LS (Link to Lydd directions)  on the 8th & 9th October other events will continue at other locations in throughout UK.  In turn we will travel to France to experience the facilities of The St Omer golf facility.

The following taster sessions have been organised and will be delivered by PGA Professionals. All lessons are free and each participant will receive light refreshments as well as a fun introduction to golf and high quality coaching.:

The Oast Golf Centre, Tonge, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 9AR
Coach – Gary Bason, gary@gbgolfcoaching.co.uk

Thursday 25th October, 11am-1pm
Thursday 1st November, 11am-1pm
Thursday 8th November, 11am-1pm
Thursday 28th February 11am-1pm
Thursday 7th March, 11am-1pm
Thursday 14th March,  11am-1pm

Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre, Orpington, Kent, BR6 9BX
Coach – Nigel Lee, nlee.golf@btinternet.com

Sunday 21st October, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 17th November, 2pm-4pm
Sunday 10th February, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 2nd March, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 23rd March, 2pm-4pm
Sunday 14th April 2pm-4pm

Marriott Tudor Park Golf Club, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4NQ
Coach – Jason Muller, jason.muller@marriotthotels.com

Thursday 11th October, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Thursday 15th November, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Thursday 22nd November, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Thursday 7th February 12.30pm-2.30pm
Thursday 14th March, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Thursday 18th April, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Any disability/learning difficulty groups or individuals who would like to attend please contact the coach to reserve your place(s). Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis and each session will have a maximum of 15 participants.

For further information please contact:
The Disabled Golf Society, Christopher Smith
on 01666 503918 or
email: enquiries@disabledgolfsociety.com

Kent County Council Disability Sport, Contact Mike Bishop
email: mike.bishop@kent.gov.uk

Kent Golf Partnership,  Contact Gary Bason
email: gary@gbgolfcoaching.co.uk


Team Wales takes off!

July 17th, 2012 4 comments

After the tireless set up work from Chris Smith and Graeme Robertson of the DGS in getting the start of disabled golf in Wales things are starting to take off. After the two events that took place in south Wales I was approached to see if I would like to take charge of the region on Wales. I was a little uncertain at start because I wasn’t sure if I could do the job and justify all the time and effort that has been put in by both Chris and Graeme because of what such a great job they have been doing. I agreed and was overwhelmed with the support both always have to offer. As time went on we have become a family among ourselves and in Wales we are about to follow in the same direction in having a pan disability International Team. I have met so many new people who I can’t actually call friends, I call you all “inspirational friends”. After the work that our family have put in it is now a proud moment to invite such amazing inspirational friends to compete in the first Team Wales match against Summer Hill Golf Club on the 27th July. The team selection below is as follows.

Captain

It didn’t take long for me to pick the captain because of the long term support that this member has given to the DGS even before I was involved and that is my regular Playing partner Keith Wallace, Keith is a leg amputee who lives for golf, fishing and the occasional bet at the horses. He was my first playing partner in a DGS event and made me feel like I had known him for years. Keith also works full time but has a very accommodating boss who lets him play in our events even on weekdays.

Martin Audas

Martin is a tall chap with a tall personality, He has been unfortunate to have had a number of setbacks through cancer but just by talking to him you can tell he never lets anything get to him. Martin is also an adopted Welshman from England.

Douglas Camani

Douglas is a new member of 2012 and boy has he done well. Douglas has a progressive condition in his back that limits his movement from time to time but he certainly doesn’t let that stop him playing golf. Douglas has also improved no end with the new lease of life he has found through our organisation.

Peter Morgan

Peter is a team mate of mine from the Auld Enemies cup and after having a stroke he has become blind. Peter before the stroke was a very competitive golfer. It took some time after the stroke to get the motivation but after a lot of hard work put in by him, his best friend & caddie Garth and with support of his wife Jeanne he is starting to get back to his normal self. Peter won his first event recently and is looking to be getting back to his former self.

Jordan Rosser

Jordan is only 12 and has improved so much so he won the event at Bryn Meadows in the pouring down rain. Jordan has asburges and in the short time he has been involved his confidence with dealing with people can only be described as excellent. Jordan is supported by his mother Emma and is a success story of the path way that we have set in place.

Tony Davies

Tony is the veteran of the organisation but is full of youthful aspirations. Tony plays golf all over the world when he can and has become a regular member of our organisation despite only having the use of one arm and losing one of his legs he still gets out when he can which he unfortunately lost in a motor cycle accident.

Michael Overton

Michael is a keen motorcyclist and an exceptional golfer despite having a below knee amputation. Michael is a true specimen of not letting anything getting you down and lives like to the excitement levels he did before losing his lower leg.

Peter Gunning

Peter is a very close friend of mine that I have known for a good number of years but unfortunately 5 years ago he fell off a step ladder resulting in having to get his elbow completely rebuilt, the operation was as successful as could be but limits his manoeuvrability which hampers his distance he can hit the ball but don’t let this fool you because he hits it strait.

Mark Merrett

Mark is already a part of the Special Olympics team and has a handful of medals to his name. Mark has Epilepsy, Asburgers & Dyspraxia but takes every day in his stride. Mark also supports many charities through volunteer work and promotions.

Nick Jones

Well I don’t know what to say about myself other than this job has put many of things in to prospective and has changed my life for the good. I enjoy meeting new members all the time and look forward to continuing to do so. I have a mobility issue that prevents blood to the hip bone that creates a cycle of hardening and softening of the join resulting in relapses and periods of good health. This event is going to be one of the most rewarding tasks I have ever been involved in.

Two wild carded players will be selected in support of the organisation and they will be confirmed at a later date.

DGS North East – Bedlington Golf Club Nr Newcastle

July 13th, 2012 No comments

Four members in the NE attended Bedlington GC, near Newcastle, on Fri 6th July. Despite the heavy downpour earlier, the course and the greens in particular were in absolutely superb condition. There was some standing water on a few holes and the ball was not travelling as far as a consequence. We managed to escape the rain although 30 minutes after we finished our round, the heavens opened. The four of us had a super day and Bedlington very much wish to hold a full DGS event in 2013. As the home course of John Irvine, he can guarantee we will get a warm reception. Results on the day were: 1st Matt Mahoney (30) – 35 points, 2nd John Irvine (25) – 34 points, 3rd Neil Joyce (25) – 32 points, 4th Gary Cooper (21) – 26 points. Closest to the pin was won by Neil Joyce on the 6th (174 yards). Given the conditions and the fact Bedlington is a very long course 6630 yards off the yellows, for Matt to score 35 points on his 1st visit was superb. Our thanks to John Irvine who organised this event.

To view more images of this event, please click here

Mobility Roadshow 2012

July 2nd, 2012 No comments

The Disabled Golf Society provided some fun with a golf simulator provided at the Mobility Roadshow in Peterborough. Despite the rain people were drawn from all over to this huge event. We met up with friends from the MS Society, sponsors Sirrus Automotive and TGA Mobility whilst at the show, and made some great new friendships while we were there. Sue gave out hundreds of leaflets and all aimed to spread the word that disabled people can enjoy playing golf!

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Red Dragon Golf

March 30th, 2012 No comments

Have you ever heard somebody say “My Driver is the same one Tiger uses! “ (Ermmm well NO, actually it isn’t!  Every Tour Pro has been fitted down to the finest measurements to exactly the correct specification they require) that club is a mass produced piece of equipment that bears absolutely no resemblance to the Tour Pro’s clubs.

The golf clubs displayed at golf shops and pro shops are built to standardised specifications. If the customer doesn’t fit those specs, the equipment won’t fit the customer. Without the proper club fit, no golfer will reach optimal performance. It is a necessity for golfers to receive a custom club fitting, from a trained and experienced club fitter, before making a golf club investment.

A good professional club fitter will test the following seven interrelated variables during a custom fitting session: shaft length; lie angle; shaft flex; shaft type; grip size; golf club head design; and set make up. Each variable is briefly explained below:

Shaft Length: Among other things, shaft length will impact where on the clubface the ball is consistently struck. The correct shaft length will prevent a golfer from having to alter a natural swing arc in order to make optimal impact.

Lie Angle: This is the angle formed by the shaft and sole of the club. Having a correct lie angle will cause the centre of the club head to touch the ground. If the toe of the club head is raised, a hooking shot may result. Should the heel be raised, a push or slice may result.

Shaft Flex: The shaft flex impacts things such as trajectory, accuracy, distance and consistency. During the golf swing, the club “flexes” throughout until squarely meeting the ball at impact. An incorrect shaft flex significantly reduces the chance of making consistently solid contact.

Shaft Type: Here, again, personal characteristics make the decision. The composition of steel and graphite shafts, their kick (or bend) points, swing weights and torque ratings are considerations.

Grip Size: The right grip size can impact the golfer’s ability to return the clubface to a square position and release the wrists through impact. Also, with the variety of grip compositions, personal preference is a determining factor.

Club Head Design: With the advent of MOI (moment of inertia) importance, this factor has become a big consideration, particularly with higher handicappers. When shots are struck outside the sweet spot, a high MOI reduces twisting at impact, delivering shots closer to the target area.

After a custom club fitting, golfers will feel confident that they have made a good decision in their investment. The added confidence will enhance performance almost as much as the custom fitting itself.

What is custom fitting?

Everyone’s golf swing is different so it makes sense to adjust golf clubs to suit the individual. Custom fitting is the process for tailoring a golf club to suit your personal swing. Effectively golf club manufacturers know a set of clubs aren’t cheap so the least they could do is make them fit. Whatever your level, the aim is to ensure that if you do make a good swing, the club will be square at impact and should produce a straight shot.

What happens during a fitting session?

There are different methods according to golf club manufacturers but ultimately they are all trying to improve your game. To begin with simple measurements such as wrist-to-floor, height and hand size are taken and will point you to the right sized club and at what angle it should be to the ground. Then you will take a club and hit some balls. One method is to place impact tape on the bottom of the club and an impact board on the floor.

As you hit the ball the board will leave a mark on the tape showing whether the heel or the toe of the club is striking the floor first. The resulting mark will show whether the club face needs to be flatter or more upright. You can also measure the launch angle of the ball that will impact efficiency – all which affect distance. The angle in which the club approaches the ball and the sidespin of it can help fix your game too.

What do you need to bring with you?

Rather than bringing down your old clubs it might be better to start from scratch. It’s a big misconception that custom fitting is only for good golfers. Anyone can benefit. That said, if you plan to upgrade a new set of clubs with the same manufacturer they may be able to adjust your old set. In the end all you need is an open mind.

What difference will it make?

Custom fitting won’t cure all your bad shots. Coaching will sort that out. But if you do make a good swing, then the club will arrive correctly at impact and should produce a straight shot at your target. That alone will save shots during a round.

How much does it cost?

On its own custom fitting is often free of charge. But it is usually on the condition that you buy some clubs once you’ve been fitted. So it really depends on what your budget is. If you’re prepared to buy a new set of clubs it’s definitely worth getting fitted.

If you want top of the range analysis and fitting, head for Red Dragon Golf where a consultation can be done for £50 But if clubs are purchased then the consultation is FREE. Custom fitted clubs from Red Dragon Golf start from £179 with a wide range of products available from putter right through to driver.  If you still love your clubs then why not think about having the shafts, grips, lie adjusted so you can get the best out of what you got. James also repairs damaged clubs and is one of only a few club makers in the UK. For more details contact James, Red Dragon Golf 07811 956 552 or have a browse at his website www.reddragongolf.co.uk and quote Disabled Golf Society for your special prices.

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