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The SDGC in association with the SAS,, have organised another three days curling from 26 to 28 March.  Our finale to the season is in Dumfries Ice Bowl where four games will run for members and will be accompanied by a couple of nights in a hotel.  The event is now fully subscribed and we thank UnderArmour and PepsiCo for their support. 

 

Our National Championships will take place at Edinburgh Leisure’s Craigentinny Golf Course on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 April.  The entry details are now on the Diary page and members should just fill out the wee form on that page to get all the details.

 

The SDGC has taken a look back at a few of our biggest and favourite golf clubs and resorts we have played, since we officially started in 2004.  Check out the Social Media link above for more details.

 

The UK Parliament honoured the SDGC several times this last year, with the submission of a Parliamentary Early Day Motion, congratulating Team Europe on their victory over the American Team in Florida, as well as an award of an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the All Party Parliamentary Golf Group and lately with an invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the future of the UK’s golf industry.

 

The SDGC has now concluded its restructure of its golf and curling events and their formats and can announce that there will be a minimum of 16 and maximum of 21 Order of Merit golf competitions each year, that the Sidey Scottish Open Championship will return as an annual competition on a 54-hole format, that the Phoenix Cup will be played annually with a basic Solheim/Ryder format for international teams and at least one Sticks & Stones multi-day competition will be held each month over the winter.

 

Check out the new layout for our video and short films page, which contains over two dozen pieces about our recent golf and curling competitions.

 

Fancy giving curling a try?  Then click on the social media page link above to see over 30 Try Curling & Beginners sessions across Scotland planned before the end of this season.

 

The prestigious Carrick on Loch Lomond Golf Course, will once again host the SDGC and its members in May.  The event will be a brand new match play competition for members, based on a Captain v Vice Captain club style competition. More details will be posted at the beginning of April.

 

The SDGC would like to take this opportunity to thank john ambrose of L2 Putters for his long-term support of the SDGC and its members.  For many years Jon has travelled to various parts of the US to support our international team players and coaches and has, on a few occasions ventured over to the ‘Home of Golf’ to give a little tuition with his putters and equipment.  John’s latest support has come in the guise of title sponsor of our annual Merit championship, which has now been christened The L2 MOI MAXX Scottish Order of Merit Championship Tables for 2019.  Thank you John.

 

To date, the SDGC has provided over 3100 freebies to members in the form of free golf and curling lessons, with locally based Professional Coaches.  The package offer for both sports is open to all Scottish based members and runs from February to November each year.  Get in touch by the Free Lessons page above, for more details..

 

Teaser.  Currently there are 20 games over 2019 counting toward our Order of Merit.  We can announce that another major 2-day competition is being organised for June.  More later .. . .. .

 

Phoenix Cup 2018 - The Florida Team Captain’s shirt has been utilised, enhanced with graphics and framed and will be presented to the two main sponsors next month, as a gift from the team.  Please note that the creators and the two sponsors involved have the full copyright to the signature print.  Team Europe players are free to create their own similarly designed framed shirt prints using their own shirts & photos, if they wish

 

 

 

SDGC players will remember Lynne and Billy Cairns with dignity and respect, at our event at Ralston Golf Club in July.  Lynne passed in 2015 and her colleagues at BSI have supported the event since.  The SDGC added Billy’s name to the memorial trophy, a “True Scot” since 2012, after his passing during the Phoenix Cup in the USA last October.  Billy’s Daughters Cheryl and Heather have kindly agreed to come along to Paisley and present the prizes, while family member Cameron will play along side Ralston and SDGC members.

 

Bits - Golf's Governing Bodies, like the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews provided direct funding for our junior members to receive PGA supervised golf lessons, Scottish Golf held meetings with the SDGC to consider our proposals for golf tuition, new competitions and the future status of the Scottish Pan-Disability Open and The St Andrews Links Trust not only hosted one of our Scottish Order of Merit qualifying competitions, but have kindly agreed to display one of our major trophies in St Andrews.

 

Looking ahead . . . . . . . The finale to the SDGC 2019 golf season will be the West Classic, played over the Thornhill Golf Course in Dumfries, over 36-holes on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 September.  The 2019 Scottish Order of Merit Champion will be crowned at that event, with the trophies being handed over by the 2018 title holder Iain Ross of Kirriemuir.

 

Our five  major annual golf competitions  for 2019, which will count for the L2 MOI MAXX Scottish Order of Merit Championship and the World Rankings for Golfers with Disabilities, are: 

 

Thu 18 & Fri 19 Apr

National Championships, Craigentinny GC Edinburgh

Mon 13 & Tue 14 May

SDGC Central Classic, Greenburn GC West Lothian

Wed 14 & Thu 15 Aug

SDGC East Classic, Charleton & Dunnikier GC Fife

Sun 8 to Tue 10 Sep

Sidey Scottish Open, Dalmahoy East GC Edinburgh

Wed 25 &Thu 26 Sep

SDGC West Classic, Thornhill GC Dumfries

 

To all Full / Plaing Members of the SDGC - The Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Disability Golf & Curling Charity, will be held at the Craigentinny Golf Course (Lochend Clubhouse) on Friday 19 April at 09:00. 

 

The R&A are considering a Disabled Open in 2020, the USGA have announced a US Open in 2021 and the IGF are planning a World Cup in 2022. 

 

SDGC golfers are being invited to the Bavarian Open on 14&15 September at GC Abenberg, but if a few Scots members were to go, there is a chance of a second tournament alongside, at the Maria Bildhausen?  Get in touch if your interested.

 

New SDGC promo video

 

John Pennycott from the Isle of Arran, the Captain of the SDGC Phoenix Cup squad for the Scotland v Europe match at Cardrona in August, has selected Trevor Crombie, Derek Milne and Jim Thomson as his Vice Captain’s for the competition.  Team Scotland will be announced after the Dalmahoy match on 5 August.  The Euro team will be announced in April , check out the latest on the Phoenix Cup by using the menu at the top of this page.

 

The SDGC recently attended a meeting at Ladybank Golf Club, with the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group on Golf Founder Stephen Gethins, representative golf clubs and other organisations, in a round table discussion on the golf industry, memberships and growth. 

 

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