Following on from the mish-mash of pandemic rules imposed/implemented at Scottish Golf Clubs, a similar situation is now being experienced by our members who want to curl at Scotland’s rinks. Some rinks, have no disabled access, like use of a lift, have restricted toilet use, no catering and a general lack of other facilities, normally considered as standard for disabled visitors. There are also some greatly reduced curling times and reduced player numbers throughout the day at some rinks. Until these issues are resolved, there are no plans to arrange curling games or Sticks & Stones comps, until perhaps early 2021. However, if two or more of our members are able to arrange and access curling games locally, they can receive funding for ice time. Members must pay for the curling and claim it back from the SDGC by producing the usual receipts and payment slips. Members should get in touch for more information.
The SDGC has played 248 Scottish Courses and 14 curling rinks & arranged 825events in 7 countries.
Gregor McDonald, a registered disabled PGA Professional will be providing the tuition at a Coaching Class on Tuesday 27 October from 11:30 thru to 1:30 at The Cluny Activities Centre KY2 6QU. The day also includes a game of golf on the Cluny Course, Range balls, tea/coffee & home baking. Costs will be covered by the SDGC, if sDGC members enter via the Contact us section
End of season finale
Muckhart Golf Club recently hosted the SDGC and its members for the 30th time. “A fantastic course and well kept fairways and greens as always!. A 42 from Colin McLachlan and 41 pointer from Ali Munro set the early pace for the 2-round competition, but were closely followed by Derek Milne and from main ‘bandido’ pack. The SDGC managed to squeeze in a HUB at Elmwood Golf Club on the morning of day two, with about a dozen newbies and oldies, having a bash about on the range and a few lessons from PGA Pro’s Peter Whiteford and Stuart Clayton, new Pro’s to the SDGC and certainly guys we hope to involve more in the coming months. Round two, still with no rain but cool conditions, was played at St Michaels Golf Club, Leuchars, the venue for the first Sidey Pan-Disability Open Championship back in 2008, saw Colin McLachlan lead the rostrum with 81 points and Ali Munro finished in second with 78, third was Chris Paterson on 72, fourth was Gerry Clifford and Derek Milne on 68. The SDGC would like to thank everyone at all three golf clubs, who assisted the charity in arranging the two rounds of golf and the HUB, from the club officials, SDGC Trustees, green keeping staff and our many volunteers who work behind the scenes for the charity every year. The sponsors for the entire event came from across Scotland and England and provided all the golf, tuition, range balls, catering and golf carts for the participants. Thank you.
The round at Muckhart was the final round of the 2020 Order of Merit Championship and congratulations go to a new member in his first full year of competition, Paul Higgins of Motherwell who, with a couple of early victories in our jumbled season, took the title by three clear points over Jim Hopes of Drymen and Iain Ross of Kirriemuir. Congrats to all the winners and the almost fifty players who struggled through the virus nonsense to play some of Scotland’s best courses over the last few months. These included: 2 rounds at Greenburn for the Central Classic, then games at Dalmahoy and Duddingston for the Nationals, then others at Milnathort, Elmwood and Ratho Park + 3 rounds of the Open at Strathmore, two rounds for the East Classic at St Andrews Jubilee and Lundin Links and the finale at Muckhart. A sponsor from the Phoenix Cup and a second from the Open at Strathmore, donated monies to the sDGC. There was an excess of funds after these events and the sponsor decided to offer the Order of Merit Champion for 2020 and the youngest active member playing in the Phoenix Cup, a free entry to the British Open next year. Paul Higgins and Ellie Perks have accepted the kind offer to play next September.
The SDGC 2020 Funding Appeal. Thank you to the Scottish and English based Trusts and Foundations who have made substantial donations to the SDGC over the last few months, especially during these difficult times. These donations will allow the charity to continue its work across the country, providing tuition and practice time for golfers and curlers with disabilities.
Here are a few links to stories, articles and general stuff about the SDGC and disabled golf:
Congrats to Iain Ross, the Captain of the European Phoenix Team, who won the East of Scotland Classic title, after 36-holes of golf at the highly prestigious courses at the St Andrews Links Trust Jubilee and the Open qualifying course, Lundin Links. Day one at the Jubilee saw Robert Inness take the early lead with 36 points on a very windy links, but only a handful of points separated the top ten or so players. However, the course took a few casualties out of the field and day twos wander around Lundin Links finished off a few more, with a very different type of course. Overall winners and scores for the Classic were: Iain Ross, with 71, Alan Oliver 66, Derek Milne 64, Ali Munro 64, Paul Higgins, 64, Gerry Clifford 64 followed closely by Mark Drummond, Robert Inness, Chris Paterson and Jim Hopes, with the remainder of the field assisting the Pro-shops sales of golf balls. The SDGC would like to thank Les McConachie and Matthew Coleman for their welcoming skills as members of the host clubs, as well as new Trustee Derek Milne while arranging the final round and to once again thank Jim Hamill for the groups Scoreboard operation. The SDGC and its players would like to thank Greg and all the staff at the St Andrews Links Trust and Alistair and all the Lundin Links staff for their help, assistance and generosity before, during and after the event. Thank you.
The Sidey Open took place recently at the Strathmore Golf Centre in Alyth, with a much reduced field due to the virus. But thanks to a bunch of reprobates from South of the Border, the event went onward and upward, with none of the traditional Scottish wet stuff on show! 😎.
Round one of the Open, over the superb Ranneleroch course, was also an SDGC Challenge match with the members of the club and some 56 SDGC members and Strathmore Ladies, Gents and Seniors, plus a couple of our new member golfers took on the team Stableford round. After what was reported to be a “fun filled afternoon” the whole group enjoyed an excellent clubhouse meal, courtesy of an SDGC sponsor. Winning teams, who all received a wee bottle of adult beverage each were: First place Jim Hopes , Adam Storrie, Mike Melville & Carol Bruce and in second spot Paul Higgins, Iain Ross, Fred Barber & Sandra Barber.
The Handicap Committee were sharpening their pencils all through the first round, with some exceptional well-under par scoring coming in, several with as much as a handful of shots to lose. This however, this changed a tad with round two seeing a pick up in wind speed and some of the early leaders crashing down the tables, but still the regular sharks and bandits shining through. Still no rain. Day three saw one of our younger members get the heftiest handicap chop with a whopping 48 points and a claim to a top three spot on the winners rostrum.
Many thanks to the Club members and visitors to Strathmore during the Open, who made donations to the SDGC. As requested, we have split the monies between our beginners golf lessons and the Phoenix Cup, GB&I v Europe competition.
Special thanks have been passed on to everyone at the club, including David, the Pro Shop staff, the boys and girls in the Clubhouse that were extremely helpful and the green keepers who once again produced a wonderfully challenging and well kept track. On the SDGC side, many helped out with the Open scoring and admin, with Jim Hamill being “heed-honcho” scorer, with worthy assistance from Robert Inness, John Pennycott, Plus Les McConachie and Adam Storrie stepping up to the mark with scores and presentation of prizes. Additional thanks go to Ian Green and Paul Daley who helped out during the event.
The 2020 Scratch Champ, who wins the Isle of Harris Cup and a Lifetime Membership of the Isle of Harris Golf Club, was Andy Gardner (England) with 218. Second was Iain Ross (Scotland) 240 and third Jay Penfold (England) 244. ☠☠☠
The 2020 Net Champ, winning the Sidey Ltd Trophy was Willie Innes (Scotland) with 206. Second was John Pennycott (Scotland) 212 and third Dave Standing (England) 218. ☠☠☠
The 2020 Stableford Champ, winning the Caledonia Cup, was Paul Higgins (Scotland) with 109. Second was Ali Munro (Scotland) with 105and third Gregor Anderson (Scotland) 103. ☠☠☠
Congrats to all the winners, as we now lay plans and look forward to next years Sidey British Open, which will be held at Strathmore Golf Centre, from Tuesday 7 through to Thursday 9 September 2021. 😜😜😜
SDGC golf handicaps and scores. Members can now check their latest figures and scores directly, via the SDGC’s Master Scoreboard system. To get your most recent scores, results or handicap, just click here to go to the Master Scoreboard website, enter the word “Scottish”, and click on the Link for “Societies”. Select the SDGC, Then when your asked for a password, just enter “golfer”. You are then right into the latest figures, which are posted immediately following all our games and Scottish Order of Merit competitions.
Scottish Parliament, Phoenix Cup
Motion text: That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Disability Golf and Curling on planning the Phoenix Cup, which has just finished in Scotland; notes that the Phoenix Cup provides a platform for sport for people with disabilities; further notes that plans are already in place right through to 2024, when the Phoenix Cup will be played at the home of golf in St Andrews, over the Old and Jubilee courses, and wishes the tournament and Scottish Disability Golf and Curling all the best for the future.
Murdo Fraser MSP
“After all the trials and tribulations of 2020, and constantly having to move and reorder things, we often wondered if that golf ball would ever get hit from the first tee at Gleneagles for this years Phoenix cup.”
Well thankfully it did and with over forty golfers taking part in the five rounds and the SDGC HUB, we were delighted to finally set things in motion, and we can report that there was no rain at all during the entire competition? 😎
Players from Norway, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Eire and of course Scotland, took part over the week long festival of golf and ticked five of the worlds best golf courses off their bucket list, with the PGA Centenary at Gleneagles hosting the first round foursomes and GB&I taking an early lead. Day two at the Panmure Course in glorious weather saw the European squad slim down the lead to a single point, then in spectacular fashion turned up at Blairgowrie to claim victory in the singles.
On Saturday, the official day off, a HUB was held at Carnoustie’s wee Nestie Course, with a few tips being passed on by PGA Pro Keir, to a couple of dozen Phoenix players and some new members, who enjoyed a game around the new five hole course, just prior to teeing off at the Championship Course for round four of the Phoenix on the Sunday. The round at the Carnoustie Championship Course, belonged to the GB&I squad who took a strong lead in cooling conditions, but honours were even after the game around Trump International, where GB&I kept their lead this time to claim a26th Phoenix victory.
We must of course thank everyone who supported the Phoenix Cup, from the fantastic venues, our sponsors, the SDGC organisers, those who provided kit, golfing equipment and the many volunteers who helped with generally making the whole thing enjoyable.
Next year, the Phoenix will be played between the SDGC and DGA of England at Elmwood Golf Club in Fife from 13-15 September and plans are already in place right through to 2024, when the Phoenix Cup will be played at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, over the Old & Jubilee Golf Courses.