Disabled Golf Association UK

Disabled Golf Association UK

Today I want to highlight the good things that are done by the Disabled Golf Association UK and the events that they arrange throughout the UK raising awareness for the charity, a little bit about the association and how it all started before I list the events:

The Disabled Golf Association was founded in 2010 to facilitate access to the activity of golf for disabled people in the UK. They are a pan-disabled organisation with amputees, one arm, blind, stroke survivors and MS all member, many of their members are former members of the Armed Services or currently serving members of the armed forces of all ages from juniors through to ladies and gentlemen.

They supply venues, professional coaches, and equipment to provide a pathway from beginners at taster sessions to events and onto internationals if the participants qualify. It is such a great pleasure to see people that have had life changing circumstances getting their lives back on track and people who have lost limbs finding a way to play golf again – simply awesome!

Through the association golf can provide great therapy concentration, memories can be improved, plus fresh air and regular exercise and socialization really improve their general well-being.

The most important thing is that these disabled golfers have a steely determination and a can-do attitude, not to feel sorry for themselves but to find a way of playing the great game of golf with other like-minded individuals.

They have over 850 plus active members which includes disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Learning Difficulties, Deaf and Blind, Have had a life changing accident, Loss of Limbs, MS, Cancer, Parkinson’s Decease or a life changing Stroke – the list is endless, but the main aim is to bring together people from all walks of life to play this great game of golf and share their experiences and difficulties – but what makes golf such a great sport for the participants is that the golf ball is stationary and well suited to all types of disabilities.

Over the coming twelve months the Disabled Golf Association have put together and arranged a calendar of golfing events to reach many golf courses throughout the United Kingdom, here is the list as it currently stands:

May 2016

Monday 2nd May – Minehead, Somerset www.mineheadgolf.co.uk

Tuesday 3rd May – Rother Valley, South Yorks www.rothervalleygolfcentre.co.uk

Friday 13th May – Staverton, Northants www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/staverton-park/golf

Thursday 19th May – Cobtree Manor, http://www.mytimeactive.co.uk/cobtree

Thursday 19th May – Abbotsley, Cambs (Abbotsley course) www.abbotsley.com  

Friday 20th May – NW Open (organised by British Inclusive Golf)

Thursday 26th May – BGL Hoebridge, Surrey www.hoebridgegc.co.uk

Friday 27th May – Preston, Lancs www.prestongolfclub.com

June 2016

Friday 3rd June – Walsall, West Midlands www.walsallgolfclub.co.uk

Wednesday 8th June – Oulton Hall, Yorks www.oultonhallgolf.co.uk

Friday 10th June – Canons Brook, Essex www.canonsbrook.com

Thursday 16th June – Cams Hall, Hampshire www.camshallgolf.co.uk

Thursday 16th June – Downshire, Berks www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/downshiregolfcomplex

Monday 27th June – Thorne, South Yorkshire www.thornegolf.co.uk

July 2016

Friday 1st July – Cotswolds, Oxon golf.cotswoldsclub.co.uk

Thursday 7th July – Chartham Park, West Sussex www.charthampark.com

Friday 8th July – North of England Open – Wychwood Park, Cheshire www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/wychwood-park/golf

Thursday 14th July – VP Cup – Sand Martins, Berks www.sandmartins.com VP Cup

Monday 18th July – Stockwood Vale, Bristol www.stockwoodvale.com

Thursday 21st July – BGL Abbey Hill, Bucks www.abbeyhillgc.co.uk

Tuesday 26th July – The Drift, Surrey www.driftgolfclub.com

Wednesday 27th July – Tytherington, Cheshire www.thetytheringtonclub.com

August 2016

Wednesday 3rd August – Tudor Park, Kent www.marriottgolf.co.uk/club/tudor-park

Friday 5th August – Marjorie Colson Trophy – BGL Ramsdale Park, Notts www.ramsdaleparkgc.co.uk

Monday 8th August – West Herts, Herts www.westhertsgolfclub.co.uk

Wednesday 10th August – Hillsborough, South Yorks www.hillsboroughgolfclub.co.uk

Monday 15th August – Ealing, West London www.ealinggolfclub.com

Monday 22nd August – Golf Trust Open, The Shire London www.theshirelondon.com

September 2016

Friday 2nd September – Blackburn, Lancs www.blackburngolfclub.com

Friday 2nd September – BGL Wycombe Heights, Bucks www.wycombeheightsgc.co.uk

Friday 30th September – South Bucks, Bucks www.thesouthbuckinghamshire.co.uk

October 2016

Thurs/Fri 6-7th October – GRIP PAR Yorkshire Open (organised by British Inclusive Golf)

Friday 21st October – BGL Race to Burhill Final, Burhill, Surrey www.burhillgolf-club.co.uk

Other notable dates to get involved:

Friday 8th July, North of England Open, Wychwood, Cheshire

22/23/24th July – Wales Open, The Vale

Monday 22nd August – Golf Trust Open, The Shire London

12/13/14th September – Auld Enemies Cup, Cardrona, Scottish Borders www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-cardrona-hotel-golf-spa/golf/

Sunday/Monday 16th/17th October – England v Wales – Oldfield Trophy venue, Cotswolds www.cotswoldsclub.co.uk

14/15th September – Disabled British Open, Ufford Park, Suffolk www.uffordpark.co.uk/en/golf

Another fundraising campaign is just about to get underway is the drive2drive campaign, some more information about it below>

drive2drive

They are planning a fundraising week for DGA on week commencing Monday 30th May 2016. drive2drive is the campaign title and concept that we will all be rallying behind for everyone’s benefit in disabled golf.

You can donate here:

gofundme.com/jrrzq9jg

Who is taking part?

Graeme Robertson, Bucks/Berks/Oxon, Captain TEAM ENGLAND

Ashley Harris, Surrey

Peter King/Paul Piercy, Kent / East Sussex

Tex Williamson, Yorkshire / Lincolnshire

They hope this campaign will also raise awareness for disabled and impaired golf as it’s already proven to be a great way of opening doors and making contacts at clubs we haven’t managed to connect with before. If you are interested in getting involved either organising, helping out, donating or playing in your area, please let me know on 07932-061-680.

Graeme’s story

I have Captained TEAM ENGLAND for the last 5 years and want to lead the way raising funds to support my team going forwards. I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 1998, my condition has deteriorated and now struggle to walk across a room unaided and use a walking frame to get about, yet I can just about play 18 holes of golf. I  have always loved golf and despite my condition I have found a way to play again – Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I’m taking on the drive2drive challenge in the area where I live in Berkshire/Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire. Many thanks to the clubs for their support (and use of a buggy!).

West Berks – Donnington Valley – Goring & Streatley  – Badgemore Park – Hennerton – Sonning – Castle Royle  – Beawood Lakes  – Billingbear  -Bird Hills  – Mill Ride  – Winter Hill  – Stoke Park – South Bucks – Sunningdale Ladies  – Royal Ascot  – East Berks  – Sand Martins

Ashley’s story

I am 24 and have been diagnosed with RA and Ankylosing Spondylitis for the last 6 years. To many people,I still look normal out and about. However what I have got is hidden and effects mobility and puts me in severe pain. So much so that it debilitates me in my bed and can’t get out.

The DGA has given me a goal,something to look forward to. I have played for my country and this year look to play in Europe and then Paralympics in Japan.

I am doing this challenge to give back to the DGA what it gave me and offer other people the chance and power to change their lives for good through golf. You don’t have to be good. It’s all about getting out and having a laugh and meeting friends. The DGA gives you all of that and more.

I play off a handicap of 7 and have played golf for many years. I want to encourage more people into golf and #disabledgolf

Ashley is currently recruiting golf clubs in Surrey & West Sussex so please make contact if you can help.

Peter’s story

I am 53 and a member of the DGA, when I was 17 years old I had a motorcycle accident with a 50/50 chance of surviving, I did survive but was left with a complete paralyzed left arm and various broken bones and damaged joints. In November 2015, I had my paralyzed left arm removed from just above the elbow, with the hope that it would help me be more mobile and the possibility of being pain-free, now after 4 months, I do feel more mobile but I’m still not pain-free.

I did play golf before my accident, but it’s only the past few years that I have found it enjoyable again since I joined the DGA approximately 2 years ago, I play the wonderful game one handed and play off a handicap of 20. The DGA has given me that competitive spirit back and wanting to improve my game. So I’m taking part in this fundraising event to help Team England reach their goals and make more disabled people aware that this wonderful game is for everyone to enjoy.

Paul’s story

I am one of the DGA Regional Coordinators in the South East of England. When I was younger, I was a very active sportsman playing hockey and tennis at club level and competing in distance running. At 36, I was diagnosed with arthritis in both hips and turned to golf to keep myself active. I had a hip replacement in 2006 but, unfortunately, I developed a bone infection after the operation and had to have the artificial hip joint removed in 2008. Since then, I have had to live without a left hip joint and I now get around on crutches.

I thought my sporting days were over until I stumbled across the DGA on the internet. I joined in 2014 and it has really helped me to stay active and given me the motivation to recover from a couple of re-occurrences of the infection. Above all, it provides an opportunity for people of all types of disability to get together and enjoy each other’s company with the added spice of competition.

As you know, golf needs to broaden its appeal. The DGA is part of this process and your support will help us attract more disabled people to the game.

Paul is currently recruiting golf clubs in Kent and East Sussex so please make contact if you can help.

Tex’s story

My name is Terence “Tex” Williamson, I am the Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Coordinator for #disabledgolf. My disability started when I was 8 years old, I was run over by a bus, crushing and degloving my right leg & breaking many other bones. I will be 58 years old in December, and visit Goole Health Centre wounds clinic twice a week, and weekly for Anticoagulant clinic at the Goole Hospital. In 2013 I was introduced to Graeme Robertson, England Disabled Golf Team Captain, and National Coordinator, I have ever since represented my Country in this wonderful game of Golf, this gives me my drive (No Pun intended) and my inspiration to be the best that I can be.  

Monies raised will be focused on supporting TEAM ENGLAND for this season and our aim is to raise £8,000. We are looking for our regional coordinators and welcome DGA members to get involved in the campaign which will be supported on social media and in the press. This fundraising week will benefit ALL of us – by being in the media’s eye it helps to promote disabled golf with a positive image, by supporting TEAM ENGLAND, this will reduce the amount needed from DGA limited funds and therefore support all of us. Any excess monies raised will go towards DGA general infrastructure costs. 

If you would like more information about the work of the Disabled Golf Association please CLICK HERE

I do hope that you can get involved with this well run and great charity, these guys do a great job.

Regards,

Michael

 

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