During these ‘interesting times’ the SDGC has been forced to reschedule some of its diary.
All curling rinks are currently closed and there will be no SDGC ice until next season, probably late September at best .
The SDGC HUB’s for both sports have been moved to dates later in the year and members on our Free Golf & Curling Lessons Programme, who have been fortunate enough to use up a large percentage of their Pro-time, have had to postpone the remainder. Our new members on the Programme can access their lessons, practice time and on-course games at their convenience, during the summer.
Currently our games at Milnathort, Muckhart and the Central Classic at Greenburn are going ahead, as they fall out with the three week time period imposed by the Government. New information will be sent out to members who have entered, when it becomes available.
The other four games of golf arranged during this period will be rescheduled later in the summer.
There have been some changes to our free curling and golf lessons programme. Scottish based members can still access regular coaching, but this has now been expanded to include both practice time, like at a driving range, and/or golf on a local course. More details can be found by filling out the wee form on the Free Lessons link at the top of this page.
The SDGC has withdrawn its application to the R&A/USGA, to have its five major golf comps entered as qualifiers for their world ranking. Although our Trustees were divided on its merits, it was hoped that it would be another outlet for golf for our members. We did find that the European and the Scottish administrators were on occasion, unhelpful. The SDGC also submitted twelve general questions about the ranking and golfers with disabilities, to Scottish Golf Ltd n August 2019, but no replies were forthcoming?
SDGC members may wish to inform their home golf clubs that Scottish Golf has a budget for the development of disability golf, "to support affiliated clubs to help make them more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities to increase participation and membership, in alignment with their strategic priorities".
Thanks to Lloyd and Fiona our video and social media experts, who came along to Kinross for a wee session on the ice with the SDGC & VIC’s curling groups. Both were absolute beginners to the sport and received some tuition and guidance from SDGC curlers, which was obviously of high quality as they both came back on winning teams during the two games? Katrina also came along for a photo session, all to help promote our charity. Thanks to our sponsors who provided not only the ice time for the two teams, but also some refreshments and members travel costs to Kinross. Check out the new video below.
The SDGC has social media outlets like Facebook, but we also circulate over 1k of our promotional leaflets each year to potential funders and the general golf and curling public, to try and attract new members. The tri-fold leaflets contain all the details, offers and contacts for the charity and if any member feels they could distribute some to their local club or some disabled folks, who might fancy giving golf or curling a try, just get in touch and they can be sent out to you?
Our five major multi-day qualifying events for the L2 EXCEL Order of Merit, will take place at Greenburn, Isle of Harris, St Andrews, Strathmore & Edinburgh Golf courses. Dates are already on the Diary & Events page linked above and updates and entry details will be advertised here when bookings and confirmations are received.
The SDGC has used the services of over 100 PGA Teaching Pro’s in the last 15 years, but there have been occasions when we have had to stop utilising one or two of those Professionals. On those occasions, we have found that the Pro’s have had no experience in the provision of giving instruction to people with disabilities and on others, they have tried to reconstruct a players swing and game, which has never worked. There is also the overriding cost element and on occasion we have found that those Professionals have tended to be charging a higher rate for their lessons? Another reason to employ the services of other more receptive and friendly Professionals?
The SDGC has suggested to officials at two of the UK’s biggest disabled golf groups, that we all arrange a team international event in 2021 and a multi-team event in 2022. More detailed information will be published here later.
Our HUB's and competitions are open to all SDGC members. By ‘open’ we mean that any of our members from any country or group,, can enter and play. We also accommodate essential guides, carers and coaches, who, when spaces are available, may enter alongside their member player and have a game.
The newly elected SDGC Management Committee and Trustees of our charity are: Janet Gales, Malcolm Gerdes-Hansen, Jim Hamill, Robert Inness, Les McConachie, Iain Ross & Adam Storrie. These are your new points of contact for any issues or concerns about the SDGC.
The SDGC would like to take this opportunity to thank the St Andrews Links Trust, for agreeing to host the 29th Phoenix Cup, Disabled Golf team International in October 2024. The traditional match play format, much like the Solheim/Ryder Cup, will be played on the Old Course and Jubilee Golf Courses at St Andrews, and is undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity for the SDGC to continue to promote and support golfers of all ages and abilities from around the world.
The SDGC would like to thank the seven Scottish and English based Trusts, who donated substantial funding to the charity in the last four months. Like the Saints & sinners, Pope and Blue Eyes Trust, who continue to support golfers and curlers with disabilities.
Almost 300 golf clubs and facilities have supported the SDGC over the years. Ladybank was one of the first to assist when we created the worlds first pan-disability golf group and a bunch of our members recently made a second visit to the club this year. Thanks go to Martin and the office and clubhouse staff, as well as Sandy and the boys in the shop, for their assistance during our games. On this visit, some new members came along to sample the course and to meet some of our regulars for the game over the renowned heathland course. The SDGC must of course, thank the sponsors who heavily subsidised the golf and the light lunch for the members. The top 5 shark-like scores on the doors after the 18-holes were headed by Gordon Latto (37), Iain Ross with 34, Jim Hamill 33, Robert Inness 32 and Kenny Morrison on 30
At the most recent SDGC Trustees meeting, it was decided to revert back to an older structure for the Phoenix Cup and Scottish Open. That being that the charity only arranges the golf, food and if available, some carts, which would be allocated on an essential needs basis only. Any practice round or hotel requirements, would also need to be sourced, organised and paid by the individual players.