The SDGC has arranged numerous pan-disability, Ryder/Solheim type competitions over the last fifteen years, ranging from World Team Cups, through to two, three and four day multi-nations events. Hosting so many similar events, lessened the impact and status of the format and often failed to fully promote golf for people with all types of disability. Therefore, all the aforementioned types of competition have been discontinued, and we will bring together our experiences and knowledge and, arrange one annual team international, which we will call The Phoenix Cup.
After Florida, highlighted below, plans are already in place for the next Phoenix Cup, which will be played in England in September 2019. This will be followed by another trip in 2020 to North America, before we return to Europe a year later.
Europe v The USA
Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 October - Long Marsh Golf Club Rotonda Tampa Florida
Kevin Booth of Huddersfield England, Billy Cairns of Kilmarnock Scotland, Gerry Clifford of Larkhall Scotland
James Gales MBE of Springfield Scotland, Ian Halliwelll of Hawes England, Trevor Hillen of County Down Northern Ireland
John Irvine of Blyth England, Mike Jones of Cwmbran Wales, Gareth McNeilly of County Antrim Northern Ireland
Derek Milne of Upper Largo Scotland, John Riordan of Dewesbury England, Iain Ross of Kirriemuir Scotland
Frank Sorber of Bad Neustadt Germany & Jim Thomson of Cumbrae Scotlaand
Team Europe were chosen primarily from the Scottish Order of Merit Championship and other related European competition Ttables. The two Co-Captain’s deliberately chose a variety of golfers with disabilities and as wide a spread of golfing handicaps as possible, to demonstrate that having a disability is not a barrier to playing the game.
The Sun Coast Inn
Thanks to some excellent sponsorships, Team Europe has been provided with a travel and a '10 -day Stay 'n Play' package deal. Team Europe will be based at the Sun Coast Inn for the duration of the trip. John Ambrose of L2 Putters will attend the Phoenix Cup to demonstrate. The US Adaptive Golf Association will organise a Clinic at the Phoenix and Mark Chantal of Mirror Tee's is supporting the Phoenix Cup. Team Europe can find more information on the local Englewood area by clicking here.
Team Europe Programme
Thu 11 & Fri 12 – arrival of Team Europe in Florida. Transfers to Englewood courtesy of Robert Coulter
Sat 13 Oct - The Florida Golf Magazine Open
Sun 14 Oct - Drinks Reception, ‘Meet n’ Greet’ at the club for players/sponsors. Team pairings announced
Mon 15 Oct - Phoenix Cup Round 1, Foursomes. Day 2 Team pairings announced
Tues 16 Oct - Phoenix Cup Round 2, Fourball. Day 3 Team pairings announced
Wed 17 Oct - Phoenix Cup Round 3. Singles. Evening Dinner & Presentation at the Golf Club
Team Europe returns to Tampa are available on: Thu 18, Fri 19 & Sat 20 Oct. Timings on these days must be arranged on arrival with Robert Coulter
The Phoenix Cup is a match play golf competition, with Team Europe utilising their recognised golf handicaps, administered by golfs Governing Bodies. Team Europe’s golf handicaps are listed on our Order of Merit Tables page.
Other Phoenix Cup's
The original Phoenix Cup was generated between Canadian and Scottish Disability Golfers and involved a Rest of the World squad and a team from North America and has since involved eighteen different nations and has been played in five countries. The main aim of the Phoenix Cup is to involve and promote golf for people with all types of disability and ability.
2019 - Hunley Hall Yorkshire England (Mon 2 to Wed 4 Sep) BIG v SDGC
2018 – Rotonda Resort Tampa Florida USA – USA v Europe -
2017 - Murrayshall Perthshire Scotland – Scotland v England – Scotland win
2016 - Linden Hall England – England v Scotland – England win