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"SDGC Clubhouse" Newsletter for January 2020

All the latest SDGC news on our golf and curling


The Annual General Meeting for Scottish Disability Golf & Curling will take place on Friday 31 January at 14:00 at the Elmwood Golf Club.  Members have been sent a notification and should reply to that mail with attendance or submission of proxy.  The Annual Report is available to members on the “About the SDGC” page.

The Phoenix Cup

The Phoenix Cup

Dates, & Bits


The SDGC Free Lessons Programme for 2020, will restart on 1 February and information will be sent out to all members just prior to that date.


The SDGC has made contact with officials at the Disabled Golf Association in England, offering to host a team international event in September 2021.  We have offered to arrange and host an Auld Enemies Ryder/Solheim team competition under our Phoenix Cup banner.  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.


Any questions about the SDGC, then Click on the FAQ section above?


Sidey Limited

Sidey Limited



Thank you to the SDGC Trustees, regular members and PGA Professionals and Ice Coaches, who over the last year have supported our 126 new players, both at the clinics and coaching sessions arranged around the country.  “


Comment from an SDGC member, who is unsure about WR4GD world rankings for golfers with disabilities.  what happens if we hold a WR4GD comp and only 12 or 13 turn up for whatever reason?”  To which we answered, “should be ok if only 12 or 13 turn up, there have been a large number of EDGA games in Dubai, Australia & around Europe, where ranking players and guests have made up fields, that were the same size or smaller and they all counted toward world rankings?”


Members who fancy a free cuppa, some hints and tips on their golf game and a shot at the Trackman and range, should get in touch with the St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre on 01334 611 466.  These sessions are free and held every Wednesday at the Centre.


Order of Merit Facts & Figures.  At the end of the 2019 season, we held our 200th & 201st Order of Merit qualifying event.  Since it began there have only been three members who have claimed six or more victories in a season: Bob Drysdale in 2009, Derek Milne in 2010 and this year, Gordon Latto with a magnificent seven!  Derek Milne is the outright leader on the individual Champions list with twenty two Order of Merit victories and to date there have been forty eight different winners on the Tables, with the highest number in one season, being 2018 when thirteen different members each had a victory.


Check out this link, for .the 5 SDGC major multi-day events for 2020 and news on the 25th Anniversary Phoenix Cup.





The Scottish Disability Golf & Curling charity, recently launched its first HUB at the St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre, with disabled golfers attending from as far afield as Wales, England and across Scotland.  Over the launch weekend, some 24 golfers and curlers participated, with golf at the Centre teeing off the weekend for two groups on the Trackman simulators and another group of young and old receiving tuition from the Pro.  Day two was one of the charities “Sticks & Stones” competitions, where a game of golf was arranged at St Michaels Golf Club and a curling session was held at the Kinross Curling Rink.  The individual winner at St Mikes was Derek Milne of Upper Largo and the team winners at Kinross were Donald Watson of Glenrothes, Vicki Seivright of Kirkcaldy and Jim Gales of Springfield.   


Our charity will launch the second SDGC HUB at the Elmwood Golf Course on Friday 31 January from 10:00.  A round of golf is also being organised locally, on Thursday 30 January.  PGA Students and Elmwood members from the Elmwood College will provide some instruction and help to both existing members and new golfers.  .



Thank you!


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. 


Our Open will continue to be sponsored by Sidey Ltd and our Championship Tables will be sponsored by John Ambrose of L2 Putters.  They will therefore be titled: "The Sidey Scottish Pan-Disability Open Golf Championship" and "The L2 EXCEL Order of Merit 2020".   We thank them both for their continued and much valued support.


Thanks to the combined support of Futura Investments & the POTUS golf administrative staff in Scotland the SDGC are pleased to announce the 25th Anniversary Phoenix Cup Europe v USA match is being extended to a 5th day to include a game at the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, on Monday 21 September!


Many members will not have heard of the majority of our volunteers, supporters and sponsors.  Most of these boys and girls are not the big money sponsors, but the everyday supporters of disabled golf and curling.  They are the unsung heroes of the SDGC an should get tons of credit.  Some wish to remain anonymous, but we feel they should still get a mention?  When we attend Scottish Clubs, they obviously give great support and we thank them, but our members who not only get us access to many of these clubs, they also sponsor elements of those events, like directly funding the food after the game, providing prizes for competitions, like near the pin, ice time or long drive, buying gifts from the Pro-shop, sponsoring trophies, offering B&B to fellow players between games, just welcoming new members or picking someone up from the local station.  There is a growing number of members who do these things and dip into their own pocket to help out.  The SDGC is very appreciative and thank them.


The SDGC would like to thank the third Trust, this time in Edinburgh, who have donated a four figure sum to the charity, to cover ice time, refreshment, overnight hotel and volunteer coaches for our members.  Additionally, we would like to express appreciation to other supporters, like the Saints & sinners Trust, who have provided similar package funding for members.  We continue to provide ice equipment for the membership, like non-slip ice grippers, delivery tools and clothing, sponsored this year by Quaker Oats, UnderArmour and several Scottish and English Trusts.


Changes & other info


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.


Members should keep an eye out for additional information, event arrangements and comments from our various members around the globe, at either Anchor, Google, Spotify, Breaker, OvercastPocket Cast  Radio Public or on Google's RSS.


The SDGC has utilised PR companies in the past and had once again looked into quotes for 2020 support and promotional costs. Unfortunately, with one email press release running at over £650 and a monthly podcast production costing £3k per annum, the charity will continue to create its own media output.


Trustee's and Social


Congrats to our recent 'sliders; and 'riders' following the three recent sessions at Kinross, Stirling and Edinburgh.  Fourteen members played pairs and triples games with Gill S & Jim G coming out on top at Kinross after a 'Granny'  of 8-0 and to Bill W & Steve W taking the plaudits at Stirling.  The Edinburgh teams pulled off a spectacular 'peels' result on the very last end.  Thank you to the SDGC sponsors, from England and Scotland who have supported our members for the remainder of the season and  + a very special thanks to the Coaches and volunteers who kept us on the straight and sort of narrow track for the duration of the curling sessions, much appreciated.


The SDGC does have 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?


SDGC Members, who would like to submit a new idea, query or complaint, About our golf or curling events, can send their ideas on to any of the Committee or Trustees of the charity.  They are: Alan Robertson (Chair), Janet Gales (Vice Chair), Jim Gales MBE (Secretary), with Jim Hamill, Les McConachie, Iain Ross, Adam Storrie, Jim Thomson and Fife Voluntary Action as Financial Directors and Advisors, by sending a message direct through this website or writing to FVA, 69-73 Crossgate Cupar Fife KY15 4AS.  A precis of the SDGC Constitution and Charities legal documentation can also be sourced by this method.


Aside from the Phoenix Cup, 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.




Picture submitted by SDGC members while 'out and about' at our events and competitions

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