Mark James, former Ryder Cup Captain is Patron for the Disabled Golf Association.
Mark James said “Whilst not disabled myself, I did suffer a life threatening illness. I was lucky enough to recover from testicular cancer in 2001 but can understand how difficult it can be living with illness and although for only a short time, a certain amount of disability. So when the opportunity to help the Disabled Golf Association came about, I jumped at it. DGA are doing great work all around the country in making golf possible for people overcoming their disabilities. To be able to show the power of the human mind in overcoming adversity and encouraging other disabled people to return to, or start playing golf, with all the therapeutic values that can bring, is something I feel quite passionate about.”
Graeme Robertson, DGA National Events Co-Ordinator said “We are delighted to be associated with Mark James, a top golfer and former Ryder Cup Captain. I know first hand what a difference playing golf has made to my life, (I have MS) the therapeutic benefits are incredible.”
Dynamic father and son duo Pete and Lewis Eccles joined as DGA Ambassadors in August 2016.
Pete has worked tirelessly for the Adapted rules of golf to be incorporated into mainstream golf. Lewis has autism and plays in the Special Olympics GB squad, who provide sports training and a competition programme for all people with intellectual difficulties across GB.
Our Ladies Ambassador for Disabled Golf is Lesley Bain, responsible for encouraging more ladies into the sport.
Lesley has been playing golf for just a few years now, a sport she took up shortly after diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Lesley is 50, works as a cancer nurse specialist, and lives in Hertfordshire.
Lesley is an active member of England Golf’s Women’s and Girls Advisory Panel.