OOM 2014 – 29th May 2014 – Whitefield, Bury, Mcr
OOM 2014 – 27th May 2014 – Rudding Park, Harrogate
OOM 2014 – 25th April 2014 – Canons Brook GC, Essex
OOM 2014 – 11th April 2014 – Glen Gorse GC, Leics
OOM 2014 – 4th April 2014 – Merrist Wood GC, Worplesdon, Surrey
OOM 2014 – 21st March 2014 – The Nottinghamshire GC
29th May 2014 – Whitefield, Bury, Mcr
11 golfers teed off on Thursday 29th May 2014 at Whitefield Golf Club, Bury despite the threat of rain and were lucky with a dry day of enjoyable golf. Players were drawn from as far afield as Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Leicestershire, as well as locals from around Lancashire. Different disabilities were represented including amputees, autism, MS, arthritis, and Parkinson’s.
Whitefield Golf Club is the sort of course you’d like to become a member of and find something interesting and challenging each time you play. Take for example instruction from the Pro at the 10th green to exit right to avoid the somewhat steep path leading down to the 11th – they weren’t joking when they said that either, the course was full of surprises – in a good way.
So to the results – in 3rd place was John Riordan (arthritis, Yorkshire) with 32 Stableford points; 2nd was George Ridley (amputee, Preston) with 35 points; and the winner on countback also with 35 points was 13 year old Lewis Eccles (autism, Doncaster).
27th May 2014 – Rudding Park, Harrogate
Former Ryder Cup Player/Captain Mark James joined disabled golfers at the first tee and members of the Disabled Golf Association were delighted as he posed for photos and gave autographs.
14 golfers teed off despite the threat of rain and were lucky with a dry day of enjoyable golf. Players were drawn from as far afield as Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Lancashire, Leicestershire, West Midlands as well as locals from around Yorkshire. Different disabilities were represented including amputees, paraplegic, autistic, MS and stroke survivors.
DGA welcomed Stephen and Jenny Lawrence to their first event, Jenny said “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.”
So to the results – in 3rd place was Brian Parsons (Parkinsons, Leics) with 32 Stableford points; 2nd was Tony O’Brien (heart condition, Yorkshire) with 35 points; and the winner on countback also with 35 points was George Ridley (Amputee, Preston).
Following a torrential downpour, 19 golfers teed off on a mainly dry day at Canons Brook GC in Essex. We were in for one of those treats when you have to expect the unexpected as every hole was different and the greens were in exceptional condition. If our events are, at the end of the day, all about the golf, this is sure to be one course we will want to revisit again and again, possibly the best so far this season. We welcomed two lovely new members – Trevor Newell, and Paul Piercy, with new junior from the previous week Warren Clark back to work on his handicap and doing great, and Roger Cole back with us for his first time since The Shire last year, competing in a DGA event as a member of Blind Golf; also joining us for the day was Sam Jones, a final year journalism student from Nottingham Trent University.
Winner on the front 9 was Peter Joyce. In the 18-hole competition, 3rd was Martin Jelley (33points); 2nd was Pete Hardy (35points); and the winner with 36points was Martyn Smith.
Needless to say it was ‘another great day’, 19 golfers teed off including 3 juniors, Warren, Joe and Bobby. A warm welcome to new member/visitor from Blind Golf, Jay Cookson and to Warren and Joe attending their first event in the Easter holidays. Great to see our regulars plus members from the south coast attending their first event of the 2014 season – Dave Thompson, Paul Howard, Ben Whitlock, and Alan Moulpied.
Wickham Park, one of the Crown Golf chain, is a very open landscape so trees not really posing much of an issue. The well protected greens have been cleverly designed to ensure you’re punished for not being on the right shelf or to roll away gaining speed if you tap it just that little bit too hard. A most enjoyable challenge. The weather was bright and sunny but being close to the coast as the wind turned toward us in the late afternoon it got a little chilly. We were welcomed back to the clubhouse to a tasty homemade lasagna and staff did what they could to provide a warm welcome.
Winner of the front 9 went to Warren from Hants, 3rd in the 18-hole comp was Pete Hardy (36points) from Hants; 2nd was Alan Moulpied (currently Wilts soon to be Brighton) with 37points; and the winner with a staggering 42points (after his Eagle on the 2nd) was Rob Grant from Hants. Prizes had an Easter theme with some eggsellent prizes on offer.
Following much planning alongside Elaine McBride, Club Manager at Glen Gorse GC all the pieces of the jigsaw came together for this spectacular day supported by the Matt Hampson Foundation and £100 prize fund was donated by Coors Brewery. Club Clean were in attendance throughout the day offering a full club cleaning service for every player after the match. Any member who wished to have their clubs cleaned were able to bring them along for cleaning for a small fee; the proceeds of the day amassed to £134 to be donated to the DGA by Club Clean.
Members not only donated the use of their single seater buggies, but were present at the first tee ready to guide us round the course, hold crutches, set up tees, ball spot etc.
16 golfers teed off with two more showing support at the first tee – Martyn Smith from Beds had a nasty fall earlier in the week and was gutted he couldn’t play but still came along to support everyone; Steve and Jenny had recently moved to Leics after Steve’s stroke – Steve had played off 2 previously and went away feeling inspired that he may just have a go at getting back to golf even though he is well aware how frustrating a journey that will be. Someone who could testify to that was Bob Taylor who, supported by his wife Georgina from Norwich, has been coming along to a few events over nearly a year now and working on his swing. Former Club Captain at Richmond Park, Bob played on the par3 course at Thornbury a couple of weeks ago with us. Today was to be his first outing on the main course front 9 and it was a privilege and honour to play with him. It was great to see young Mark Abbott, and mum Hazel, back for his first event of the season after breaking up from college. Back for his second event was Neil Maymond from the Leics area. Pete Hardy had travelled all the way from his new home in Hampshire having been a former member at Glen Gorse GC.
Matt Hampson was there to meet players as the came off the 18th green. Matt had been a promising England under 21 when the rugby scrum collapsed on top of him, paralysed and in need of ventilation. He has dedicated the Matt Hampson Foundation to supporting young people seriously injured through sport. There were prizes galore donated by the Matt Hampson Foundation – Nearest the Pin on the 11th eluded all the players so was replaced by the person who gained the most Stableford points on the hole who was Lesley Bain from Herts and an amazing Longest Drive on the 13th went to Tex Williamson from South Yorks. 17 year old Kieran Owen from Notts won the DGA winners platter for the front 9.
The top 5 were to gain additional Order of Merit points as well as polo shirts donated by Matt – 5th Simon Mugglestone from Cheshire (27points); 4th Chris Brown from Wolverhampton (28points); 3rd Chris Liles from Derbyshire (31points); 2nd Pete Hardy from Hampshire (31points); and the winner with 35points was Tex Williamson from South Yorks.
Simon Mugglestone, former Club Captain of Malkins Bank GC said “Excellent course and great company”; Lesley Bain “I had the best day. Great course. Great fun as always!”; Peter Colson-Osborne “If I said ‘Another great day that I didn’t want to end’ that would sum up the day. Great time – great golf from my partners. Great reception by Glen Gorse GC and their members were fantastic – helpful, encouraging and made the day great. Food was great and the course was in great condition. Thank you Sue and Graeme for organising a great day”.
Our winner received a £50 voucher for the club shop courtesy of Coors Brewery; a Matt Hampson Foundation polo shirt; a 4-ball voucher to attend the Matt Hampson Golf Day on 24th June; a Glen Gorse GC cap; a sleeve of DGA logo balls donated by Titleist; and of course the coveted winner’s trophy.
The event was well publicised by BBC Radio Leicester who interviewed local man Brian ‘Barmy’ Parsons who has Parkinson’s and club manager Elaine McBride. Barmy is a member at Glen Gorse GC. A great interview, the event was also featured by the Leicester Mercury – let’s hope this generates interest and spreads the word amongst local people that golf is something people with disabilities can play out in the fresh air, as well as enjoy the social side of the game.
The latest Order of Merit (OOM) event for 2014 saw the Disabled Golf Association (DGA) at Merrist Wood GC, Worplesden, near Guildford in Surrey. Simon, Richard and Julie from this Crown Golf course provided a very warm welcome to all – Simon Fowler, Head Professional had managed to accept us as a last minute booking after having to move the event as just enough buggies were available on the day.
With 5 golfers having to drop out (and sending our best wishes to Lee Gillam after a nasty fall), 19 golfers from 17-70years old teed off on a dry dull day, perfect weather for golf! It was to be a game of two halves, the open parkland style of the front 9 presenting its challenges in bunkers and ditches and the back 9 through its sheer length and multiple water features. The scores reflected the difficulty of the course and maybe the condition of the greens due to the time of year when greens must be scarified and treated, they were very slow running. Somehow if your ball bounced on the fringe there it would stay like a game of stuck in the mud! That’s the thing about golf and of course all of us faced the same challenges.
Taking out our 3 OOM winners, winner of the front 9 competition was 70 year old Mike Lloyd (fibromyalgia, from Hampshire); Mike was 4th overall in the 18 hole competition and sparked controversy with 38points at his first event where we have a rule you cannot win at your first event so it was great to see his efforts rewarded at his second event. Also good to have Rob Grant from Portsmouth returning for his second event.
So in 3rd place was 17 year old Bobby David (autism, from Berkshire) with 28points; 2nd was Martin Jelley (amputee, from Surrey) with 29points; and the winner was Paul Houghton (amputee, from Essex) with 31points.
A good day was had by all and everyone was agreed this would be a very pleasant course to revisit in the summer.
30 golfers teed off – 29 on the Open course and one on the par3 course – on a bitterly cold spring morning at BGL’s Thornbury Golf Centre. Thornbury’s Open course offered its challenges all towards the end.
A great turnout with 3 juniors in attendance – Jordan, Bobby and young Harry. Our front9 winner was Michael Wallace. Another winner in DGA’s eyes was the performance put in by Bob Taylor from Norwich – following his stroke, Bob has been working his way back into golf and the day was ‘do or die’ for Bob. Bob was delighted with his performance on 9 holes of the par3 course – great job Bob and Georgina!
The top 3 qualifiers for the BGL Race to Burhill were – 3rd Ben Bowen from Cornwall with 39points; 2nd on countback also with 39points was Bobby David from Berkshire; and the winner with an astounding 41points was Jordan Rosser from South Glamorgan.
We were delighted to welcome lots of new members to their first event – Greg Whale from Somerset who works for Arthritis Care found out about playing disabled golf through their website; Donald McCulloch (and rather impressive beard) and Rob Holbrook from GP referral scheme proactive from Somerset; Harry Johnson from Cotswold Hills; and Harry from Burham & Berrow.
Sue talked about the poignancy of this event at the prize giving – this time last year was our last visit from Peter Pope from Collumpton, near Exeter. Peter had an amazing story to tell of his recovery from stroke at just 24. Pete worked in the prison service and played in Team England at Slaley Hall in 2011. We were waiting for the call for potential kidney transplant and possible helicopter landing live on BBC Points West that day, one of many for Pete. The kidney was to come a little later but sadly in a short time it was rejected and Peter lost his fight just before Christmas. Matt Mahoney who recently moved to Collumpton from Newcastle attended Pete’s funeral both as friend and representative of DGA. We will be playing for the Peter Pope Memorial Trophy at The Bristol on Friday 2nd May in loving memory.
21 disabled golfers (including two juniors) teed off the OOM 2014 season in style at The Nottinghamshire GC. We played The Open Course which presented its challenges with course guides to hand for the early part of the course.
The 8th hole sticks in the mind a par4 dog leg right with stepped green. Lesley Bain approached the green from about 100yds landing a couple of yards short of the pin straight onto the top tier and holed it – but for others it proved a worthy challenge. Fun was to be had by Stephen Wardale with the island drop zone on the 14th!
So to our winners of the inaugural Order of Merit (OOM) for 2014 – 3rd was Brian ‘Barmy’ Parsons with 32 points; 2nd was Stephen Wardale with 32 points on countback; and the winner with 25 points was junior Lewis Eccles
We were delighted to welcome new members to their first DGA event – Tony Lloyd (The Shropshire); Chris Liles (Breadsall Priory) and Neil Maymond. Also fantastic to have Scott Blaney back with us after his amazing ROW2RECOVERY challenge – Scott had lost so much weight from rowing the Atlantic he needed a buggy to get around as an ak-amputee.
29 disabled golfers teed off the BGL 2014 Race to Burhill at the stunning Birchwood Park in Dartford, Kent. We played on the Main Course. It was great to welcome new DGA members to their first event – brothers Alexander Phelan (left foot amputee) and John Phelan (triple bypass) and to see Lorraine White (MS) from Surrey back after an 18 month break achieving a birdie on the 8th no less!
After a foggy start turned two potential players away, it turned into a gorgeous spring day with temperatures nudging up to 20 degrees, with this well-drained course in good condition given the amount of rain there had been during February. Our volunteer helper Sue was ecstatic with 17 points on the front 9 but our winner over the front 9 (removing the top 3) was Pete Hardy (spinal-sacrioliac joint) from Hampshire with 19 points.
The top 3 for this competition sponsored by BGL were in 3rd place Martyn Smith (leg length inequality) from Northants with 34 points; 2nd was Mark Walters (ak-amputee) from Kent with 36 points; and the winner with 40 points was Brian ‘Barmy’ Parsons (Parkinsons) from Leicestershire. Barmy has put an incredible amount of effort into rebuilding his whole game over the winter and all that time paid off with a well deserved win (and being a winner over 36 points attracting a DGA handicap cut).
26 disabled golfers (including one junior) teed off for the first ‘warm up’ match of the season at Hurtmore GC, near Godalming in Surrey. Hurtmore is a relatively short, well-drained course so ideal for the start of the season. It’s also one of 3 Hoburne Golf courses – including Bulberry Woods due to play for the first time this year and Crane Valley played in the last two years.
This event was classed as a DGA Local Event, where the Disabled Golf Association aim to bring golf to the people in the area where they live. This approach seems to be working as we were delighted to welcome new members Martin Jelly (amputee) from Pyrford GC, Surrey, Rob Grant (relapsing remitting MS) from Camshall Estate GC, Hants, Alexander ‘Sandy’ Wells (stroke) from Surrey, and Mike Lloyd (fibromyalgia) from Southampton GC, Hants.
There were 3 players finishing on 35 points (5th was Rob Grant, 4th was Mark Walters) so in 3rd place on countback also with 35 points was above-the-knee amputee (ak-amputee) Michael Overton from our Welsh DGA. 2nd was Keith Dolman (ak-amputee) from Essex with 36 points; and the winner with 36 points was Peter Hardy (spinal-sacroiliac joint) from Hants.
We have a rule at England’s DGA that you can’t win at your first event so there was discussion regarding a very rare occurrence which was new member Mike Lloyd’s impressive 38 points so well done Mike, now you need to repeat it at the next event!
On Thursday 22nd August 2013, 13 golfers competed for THE MARJORIE COLSON TROPHY. Jacqueline Colson-Osborne kindly said a few words about why this Trophy would be so pleasing to her Mother Marjorie who was a keen sportswoman who lost sight in one eye. The Colson-Osborne family donated three stunning medals as a keepsake of the day.
Peter Colson-Osborne says it all really “Well what a day today at Ramsdale Park GC. Thanks to Sue and Graeme for organising the day. Jacqueline Colson-Osborne presented the Marjorie Colson Trophy to Brian ‘Barmy’ Parsons as well as a Gold Medal, sleeve of Titleist Pro V1 balls and BGL pin marker. She felt very honoured to present her Mothers trophy to Barmy and the medals to the others. Well done all today and thank you Lesley for making my day so much fun. As I have said at previous DGA events ‘another day one did not want to end’”.
We welcomed Lindsay Carruthers from Nottingham to her first DGA event – we met at Mottram Hall recently in an ISPS Handa event. In addition two juniors joined Sue out on BGL’s Academy Course at Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, and Callum Owen (aged 15) was presented with some balls as a prize in recognition of beating Sue out on the course with ice creams enjoyed before getting in some putting practice while we waited for the main competition to complete.
A game of two halves. The front 9 was enjoyable and fairly straightforward but the back 9 much more testing and all the players were in as the rain deluge arrived at the 19th. We were superbly looked after by Shaun and Ben in terms of catering and Ash Dilks from BGL was an absolute star.
The results of this BGL Race to Burhill competition, in 4th place just missing out on qualification but in reserve was Tex Williamson (32points); and the qualifiers were 3rd place Stephen Wardale (33points); 2nd place Pete Hardy (35points); and the winner of course Brian ‘Barmy’ Parsons with 40points.