Thursday, April 11, 2013



The fifth annual challenge match, played between members of the Swanston Golf Club in Edinburgh and the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership members and coaches, took place on Thursday 4 April.

Playing a stableford competition, the sixteen golfers from each club took part in a team event, with several reserve players playing in the SDGP's Order of Merit Championship.  After a few tight matches in recent years, and several annual games going to the 18th hole, Swanston held on to the trophy this year by a slim margin of 4.5 to 3.5.  

However, with their traditional and regular warm welcome, everyone always enjoys the 19th hole, with good food and company, banishing those low golfing temperatures.

"We always get a warm clubhouse welcome from the members, several who we have known since the Challenge Cup began.  Our thanks must also go to the caterers for an excellent meal after the golf and on such a cold day something which has grown in importance", said Peter Osborne the SDGP's Vice

Brian Johnstone, the Club Captain at Swanston reported that the clubs winners on the day were Brian Wherret  and Fred Rankin and all the club players returned some exceptionally high scores to win the trophy.  He also praised the SDGP's players for their dedication and abilities, proving to others that having a disability should not be a barrier to playing the game.
Some golfers had travelled from London, Lancashire and the Isle of Arran, as well as across the mainland.

The SDGP players, were also competing for the Scottish Order of Merit Championship, which will ultimately select Team Scotland to play against England for the Auld Enemies Cup and their winners on the day were: Jim Gales of Fife, Stevie Cunningham of Clackmananshire, Paul Cunningham of London, Malcolm Gerdes-Hansen of Fife and Trevor Crombie, also of Fife.

Two donation cheques were presented to the SDGP totalling over £250.  The first was from the Swanston New Ladies Secretary, on behalf of the Ladies Section, with the proceeds from a raffle held at an "ABBA Evening", where all the participants had dressed up as the singers and had an excellent evenings entertainment at the club.  The second was from the Seniors Section at the club, who had donated the proceeds from their regular Seniors Sweep to the SDGP funds.  Many thanks were expressed for their kindness and support.

The SDGP moves on to arrange its other April and May games, which include, Morecambe, The Dukes in St Andrews and Liberton, and gets ready to host its 4-day Scotland v England match at Kinross in June and the 5-day World Team Cup in July.

More information on the SDGP can be found at The SDGP is a Registered Scottish Charity SCO 41000



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