Disabled golfers tee off at Cams HallMay, 2015
The latest Disabled Golf Association event took place at Cams Hall
Twenty-five disabled and impaired golfers were greeted with blustery conditions when they teed off at Cams Hall, Fareham.
Among the players was John Brown, a double amputee from the Fareham area, who was joining in his first event of the season.
Event organiser Graeme Robertson said: “It was amazing the number of different types of disabilities represented at this event – amputees, stroke survivors, MS, one arm, autism and intellectual difficulties, and even blind golfers.
“Our thanks go to members at Cams Hall who provided their inside knowledge guiding us through the course. Also thanks to our own team of volunteers in delivering a successful day.”
‘It was amazing, the number of types of disabilities represented at the event’ One-armed golfer Peter King came in third place, while runner-up was Keith Dolman. However, the winner was Berkshire junior Bobby David, who suffers from autism and hypermobility.
The Disabled Golf Association is a pan-disability, not-for-profit organisation and membership is free.
Tourism body backing for local approach to encouraging overseas visitors
Tourism body VisitEngland has praised the work being done by Golf Tourism England in its efforts to galvanise golfing venues at a local level to work together to attract more visitors.
While clubs may have historically viewed their neighbours as competition, the new strategy suggests that there are more benefits to be gained by them working together, in ‘clusters’.
VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford, said: “While some areas may lack an Open Championship host or tour-ready layout, through a combined effort to come together as a ‘cluster’ or golf tour, there is real potential to create golf destinations that offer the very best that England has to offer as one of the world’s longest-established and most diverse golfing nations.”
Successful clusters across the country included the Pennines Golf Trail, Suffolk Coastal Golf, the Dorset Heathland Tour and Southern Counties Heathland Tour.
GTE founder Andrew Cooke said: “We are now seeing clubs begin to lay the foundations for growth in golf tourism in England for the next 5-10 years.
“If we take the Dorset Heathland Tour, which includes incredible courses like Parkstone, Ferndown, Broadstone and Remedy Oaks, we get an impression of the depth of quality and variety that golf in England can offer. It is examples like this that should make people realise just now popular England could become as a golf destination.”