Monday, May 03, 2010

Scottish disabled competition at The Carrick on Loch Lomond

The Carrick on Loch Lomond hosted the latest of Scotland's disabled golf competitions last weekend. Some two dozen members of the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership and coaches travelled from all parts of Scotland to participate over the picturesque golf course.
The SDGP chairman, Jim Gales said: "It was great to see many of our new members turning out to have a crack at this tough course. All our players and coaches were competing for spots in our Order ofMerit Championship and trying to gain places in the 2011 Scottish team for the Nations Cup.
"This is a brand new event for Scotland. It's based on the Ryder Cup format and will involve four teams made up of 12 players each, competing over four days. It involves Scotland, England, Wales and a World team."
This was a rescheduled game from March, after the Scottish weather forced the organisers to postpone but thanks to the Management at the Carrick, and some excellent green keeping staff, this was quickly turned around.
David of Airdrie, a new SDGP member said: "I was involved in an accident and this left me with a lot of mobility problems and until I found the SDGP I thought I was finished with golf. There are some great games coming up, at Machrihanish and a trip to Arran and I am going along to some of their training days to help my game. All I need now is to improve my golf handicap and I'll be out there as often as I can!"
The SDGP winners on the day at the Carrick were:
Stewart Brown (Glasgow) 37 pts, Fraser Paterson (Edinburgh) 36, Alasdair Berry (Ayrshire) 34, Derek Milne (Fife) 34, Bob Drysdale (Fife) 32 and Jim Gales (Fife) 31.
Winning coaches at the Carrick were:
Peter Belcher (Edinburgh) 31 pts, Barry Livesey (Lancashire) 31, Steve Beet (Lancashire) 30, Alan Bruce (Glasgow) 28 and Paul Shepherd (Fife) 27.
The next SDGP competitions will take place at Lothianburn, the Isle of Arran and Alloa and a datehas been set for the SDGP's second annual free training day at Newton Mearns Golf Academy.
Further information about all the SDGP's events, can be found at or by email at

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