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We are 14 ! 

 

Many celebrations and commemorations take place this year, but its also 14 years since we were created.  Starting off as Scottish Disability Golf in November 2004, we were assisted for a couple of years by Scottish Disability Sport and became the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP).  We held about ten to fifteen competitions each year and had a few range sessions at various Scottish venues for about 50 golfers and coaches. 

 

We soon took over our own administration and blossomed, with the assistance of Fife Voluntary Action.  Taking on charitable status in 2009, with over 300 members and over 20 games a year.  Members, games and now group and individual tuition sessions with PGA Pro's continued to grow, and today with the merger earlier this year, with the Disabled Curlers Scotland,, we are Scottish Disability Golf & Curling, have over 1000 members, provide both sports across the year, with over 60 events and have provided well over 3000 30-minute lesssons for members of all levels of ability and disability. 

 

The SDGC prides itself on being the first fully inclusive  charitable group in the world and continues to be operated by  disabled volunteers.

 

Free Lessons

 

the SDGC operates a free lessons grant programme, allowing Scottish based members to access local tuition with Teaching Professionals.  Our programme continues to be funded by over thirty UK based Trusts and Foundations.  This years programme will close at the end of November and restart again in February 2019.  Members currently taking lessons must have their PGA Pro submit an invoice by the end of November.

 

International possibilities

 

The R&A are considering hosting a Disabled Open event in 2020, the USGA have announced a US Disabled Open in 2021 and the IGF are planning a World Disabled Cup style event in 2022.  Watch this space?

 

Many thanks to the BABA’s Curling Club at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Ice for hosting the SDGC curlers.  “the Ladies and Gents of the club were most friendly and hospitable during our visit and a good game and friendly atmosphere, using brand new facilities, made the day”.  The SDGC will reciprocate, by hosting in the New Year,, where it is hoped that not only another friendly game will be arranged, but also games with our Canadian visitors, for the international matches in February.  While the curlers played, a game of golf was held under the Sticks & Stones banner at the adjacent Murrayfield Golf Club and several new members took to the fairways.  Winner on the day was Paul  Higgins with 37 points.  Day two of the event, saw curlers travel to Kinross for a regular league game with the VICKS.  To date, no one is running away for the title with all teams having won one and lost one, in the round-robin format.  More details and dates can be found on the diary page, linked above.

 

Change of date - A POP-UP Clinic will be heldd at Wellsgreen Golf Range on Friday 16 November for anyone wanting to practice, hone their silky skills and/or get a PGA supervised lesson.  Members should get in touch for more info

 

The SDGC takes the treble, but loses one of its best

 

Team Europe, made up of golfers with disabilities from countries including, Germany, Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland, travelled over to Florida to take on the americans in their own back yard in Tampa Florida for the latest SDGC Phoenix Cup competition.

 

Tragically, before the event even got under way, one of our team members, Billy Cairns died in an accident at the team hotel in Englewood.  This was obviously devestating for everyone in Tampa, but more so for his family, trying to cope with the news many thousands of miles away, back at home.  After attempting to absorb the news and having the ability to now look back, it was probably the best incentive and team motivation, to get out there and 'do it for Billy'.

 

Over the three days of the matchplay Ryder Cup style competition, the team played foursomes, fourball and singles games and the following scores were posted:  Day one, Europe led,5 points to one.  Day two and the USA fought back with the same score reversed, to draw level at 6 each.  A few of Billy's favourite Taliskers were soaked up before day 3 and the singles.  it was very tight for a while but Europe triumphed by taking 7.5 to 4.5 of the games and bringing the SDGC Phoenix Cup Trophy back home.

 

This latest victory gives the SDGC a unique treble victory, with the 3 team event trophies they have generated over the years, all residing in Scotland!!  the original golfermag GB Phoenix, The Auld Enemies Cup and now the brand new SDGC Phoenix Cup.  More details on the Florida victory can be found on the Phoenix link above.

 

Helen, the Disability Curling Development Officer at Scottish Curling has been in touch about Disability Inclusion Curling sessions based at Stirling.  Specific sessions have been set up for Vision impaired, multiple sclerosis and a disability inclusion group.  The sessions are at various times between now and April 2019 and last for one hour.  The coaching sessions will cost £4 for adults.  If you would like more information, get in touch.

 

“Sticks & Stones” events, which are our combo games of golf and curling, over two or more days, have been held in stirling, Fife, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Angus, several more are planned for this season.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors from various parts of the UK, for supporting the charities development, with funding for members ice time and equipment.

 

Disabled golfers booking and making deposit payments to Dalmahoy before the end of February will receive free entry to The Sidey Scottish Open 2019 - just click on the Sidey Scottish Open page link above,, fill out the brief form and Open golfers will get an auto-reply mail, with all the relevant details and costs.

 

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