Alan3_KevinWhiteI am 55 years old and served as a soldier, before becoming disabled. I was diagnosed in 1992 with a major spine disease and underwent a spine operation in 1994. I have since been diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis through most major joints.
I used to be a keen sportsman and played Rugby, Football and American Football to a high standard. After my spine operation and having to give up physical sport I took up golf on what I thought was instruction from my specialist. I have since found out that he said no such thing, Oh well. I have been playing golf for about 15 years and am a member of the Army Golf Club. My handicap is currently 12.6 but I do aspire to get to 9 before I get to 60.
As part of the Army GC, I have been a member of the competitions and handicap committee for 14 years and have chaired this committee for three years sitting on the main club committee. I still chair handicaps and Captain one of the main club sides.
I really enjoy playing golf with DGA and have met a whole new circle of golfers who I enjoy competing against. I am delighted to be asked to look after the handicaps for the DGA from the 2015 season, and hope I can bring my wealth of experience to ensure that we all participate on a level playing field. Due to my work I cannot attend all the DGA meetings but will try and make as many as I can locally each year and promote disabled golf wherever I play.
Kevin White, Berkshire

 

184543_10151493347983652_1980187650_n 10392459_726544044079391_3864331356779130876_n“I am honoured to be the Essex representative for the DGA. I love being part of an organisation that has inclusiveness, choice and control at its heart”.
Paul has worked as a Public Servant since July 2002. In December 2000, aged 42, Paul had a successful roofing business and was a keen sportsman. After mildly grazing his knee while scuba diving he unknowingly knelt in contaminated water on a flat roof at work with devastating consequences.
Unknown to Paul, he had contracted necrotising fasciitis (“NF”, a flesh-eating bug) and although he felt unwell for a week afterwards he put it down to a virus. It was only when a friend persuaded him to go to the hospital that NF was diagnosed. The infection was spreading fast and surgeons had no option but to amputate Paul’s right leg eight inches above the knee; he spent ten days in a coma fighting for his life and months in rehabilitation before being discharged.
Now aged 56, Paul says his life changed beyond recognition “The fact that I nearly died, I was given the last rites on a life support system and not many people come back from that. Initially it was a hard process coming to terms with what had happened, although I am so lucky and grateful to be alive.
I knew I had to adapt to a new way of life, and although I could have carried on in construction I decided to re-train. I spent the first two years of my rehabilitation in college and ended up doing a Post Graduate Degree at Anglia Ruskin University, in disability civil rights. Before becoming disabled I had never given a thought to how inaccessible the buildings I helped create actually were. As a fit white male I had never faced discrimination; it was only when my mobility was taken away from me that I realised how many changes had to be made. I could not believe that in the country that I lived, buildings were constructed not to include disabled people. That is why I retrained as an Access Consultant, promoting inclusive design.
10730830_1511475619120327_8229431879112036407_nI was pestered at work by a chap who ran a golf society. I had just given up playing amputee football, so I thought I’d give golf ago. That was 6 years ago. Now playing with the DGA, I am enjoying the sport so much it has become my passion. I’m playing off 19 at the moment but should be able to get below that. The DGA has helped me focus on my abilities; I now want to help create a centre for disabled golfers at my club Rivenhall Golf Centre.”
Paul Houghton, Essex

Jenny & Steve Lawrence, Rugby

Jenny & Steve Lawrence, Rugby

“The Disabled Golf Association has given my husband Steve his life back, after a massive brain haemorrhage and stroke 18 months ago. He is now full of determination to get back to his beloved golf and play to the best of his abilities. Sue and Graeme are doing such a fantastic job!”
Jenny Lawrence, Rugby

 

 

 

 

CharleyHull_LET2013 LauraDaviesI was a keen golfer in my youth, I started playing when I was 11 years old and got down to a handicap of 13. I also played football, cricket, tennis and other ball sports.
At the age of 35, I was having issues with my balance and was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I have always been positive about my life, but thought my golfing days were over.
I went to the gym, swam and played disabled sport from a wheelchair – but I missed playing golf. I heard about the inaugural Disabled Golf Association event in Surrey and despite the rain I realized there were like-minded people out there and I could start playing golf again.
My condition has deteriorated over the years, but have found a way of playing golf and not falling over too often – when I do fall is with a laugh (I used to be a goalkeeper), the falling over is not the issue – it’s getting up!

gs_in_buggyThrough my role as National Events Co-ordinator, I’ve met some inspiring people, increased my circle of friends and been fortunate to Captain England in games versus Scotland and Wales (albeit non-playing!). I am a firm believer that playing golf can stimulate neural pathways, aid therapy/rehabilitation and socalization/ My wife, Sue says that im a much happier person and look forward to the challenge of getting round a golf course, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Graeme Robertson, Berkshire

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