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Derek comes of age??   SDGC members once again descended upon the very tricky greens at the Canmore Golf Club in Dunfermline, for what was their seventh qualifying match of the 2019 Patriot Order of Merit Championship.  Conditions, although dry, were made more trickier than usual with a strong wind coming across the Forth and the scores on the doors reflected this, with Derek Milne shooting 35 points and Bob Drysdale in second with 34, just pipping new member Paul Higgins into third spot with a better inward half.  Other top ten hackers were, Martin Webb, Iain Ross, Jim Hopes, Robert Inness, Matthew Coleman, Gordon Latto and Adam Storrie, all within single digit points of the leader.  The SDGC would like to thank Fraser, Douglas and all the staff at the club for their hospitality and generosity for once again, hosting our group. 


Derek Milne came of age, by his victory at Canmore, which was his 21st  victory on the Scottish Order of Merit Tables, since he became a member!!!


Scottish Open News.  Thanks to support from Scottish Golf, The SDGC is please to announce that a number of Open golf carts are being sponsored at Dalmahoy.  The first 22 golfers, making an Open hotel package booking, will be offered a free seat on a golf cart!  This is first come, first served, as after those 11 carts are reserved, the regular concessionary price is payable.


Substantial funding is available for SDGC members tuition.  They should use it or lose it?  Traditionally, members take their lessons either at the golf driving range or from the ice hack, but lessons can be taken for example, on the putting green, in a bunker or on the ice using a delivery cue?  Why not take a lesson on the golf course or during a curling game?  The choice is yours.


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 Patriot 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.


Update - The SDGC would like to take this opportunity to thank john ambrose of Ohio 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 re-branded as "The Patriot Order of Merit".  John said, "The patriot putter is specifically for disability golfers and veterans. We are working on promoting this club at a low price with a portion of the sale going to the golfers organization."  Just click on the link above for more information.


We are sure that all 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.

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, holding open discussions on the golf industry, memberships and growth.  The SDGC has also suggested to Scottish Ministers and related politicians, that a Scottish "section" be established to incorporate all disabled golf groups,, golf clubs and governing bodies.


The SDGC is investigating two possible golf trips.  A 5th Malaga Open in November 2019 and a very economical trip to Turkey in early 2020.  The Malaga trip would incorporate at least a 2-day SDGC competition, which would be open to all disabled golfers and a clinic and competition for the local disabled juniors.  This format was originally generated by the late Jack Nusbaum, who fought for disabled golfers and inclusion across Europe, before any of todays established organisations.  The Malaga package, will include 3or4 rounds of golf, stay at the Paradore hotel and several other ‘goodies’.  The price will be in the region of £200pp.


The Phoenix Cup.  The Captain of Team Scotland will announce the full squad, taken from the Patriot Order of Merit, in early August.  Team Europe will travel from across the continent to compete for the Phoenix Cup at the Cardrona Resort in late August.  Click on the Events link above for more info.

All our events, clinics and competitions are ‘open’ to every SDGC member.  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. 


anyone interested in playing in the Scottish Open over the Dalmahoy's East Championship Golf Course in Edinburgh this September, should apply soon, as the price of entry will rise the closer we get to the event date?


Thanks to continuing support from he St Andrews Links Trust, one of our major trophies is on display in the Links Clubhouse and we can now announce that we will make a return to 'The Home of Golf' itself, early next October for the finale to the 2020 Scottish Order of Merit Championship.


Did you know? . .  .  . The R&A has Rules on Amateur Status which cover matters such as prizes, prize limits, expenses, bursaries, giving golf instruction and advertising.  SDGC recommends that competitive members read and observe them?

Wellsgreen Golf Clinic on Monday 27 May at 11:00.  Members can access one of two options.  1 a PGA supervised golf lesson/range practice, golf on the wee course and a meal, or 2 a PGA supervised golf lesson/range practice and a round of golf at a local course.  Cost for either option is only £10. 


The SDGC Central Scotland Classic for 2019 was held last week at the Greenburn Golf Club, West Lothian.  The re-introduction of the charities, Classic series of competitions, was played over 36-holes at this challenging course by more than twenty golfers, who received a very  warm welcome from the members and clubhouse staff.   Special mention and thanks went to the new catering staff for their much praised efforts.  As is the tradition at this type of event, the SDGC made a ‘thank you’ donation to the Greenburn Juniors, who have a new practice facility at the club.  The donation will go toward  the provision of further facilities and travel to competitions. 


Day one saw Paul Daley take a very slim lead over John Riordan, with a better inward streak.  Both had 38 points and along with several others, awaited a wee handicap chop, they were just ahead of Bob Drysdale and Gordon Latto.  Gordon also took the overnight lead in the Patriot Order of Merit title race.  The pack were not too far behind before round two and the Scottish weather unusually helped with warm and dry conditions.  Special thanks went to Ian Close who managed to squeeze in a wee game, while acting as official Classic Referee for the SDGC visit.  Overall, after 36 holes our own Iain Ross took the plaudits with a 69, just ahead of Gordon Latto with the same 2-day total.  Paul Daley shot a 66 and Jim Hopes and Gerry Clifford scraped into the top 5 with 64’s.  Other top ten runners and riders, were: Derek Milne, Paul Higgins, Ian White, John Pennycott and Matthew Coleman. Thank you Greenburn!!


Using some direct funding from a Perthshire based Trust, the SDGC has organised a golf clinic at Wellsgreen Golf Academy on Monday 27 May from 11:00.  Full deetails and how to enter are on the Diary page linked above.


The SDGC has received sponsorships to directly fund four major Sticks & Stones multiple day events this year.  Each package will be arranged from the start of the new curling season in September and include at least two games of curling, catering  and a game of golf.  Once bookings are confirmed, details will be displayed on this page and in the Diary.


The SDGC is already planning its Open and Phoenix Cup for Autumn 2020, which is a Europe v USA competition at a highly prestigious course.  Invitations have been received to take the Phoenix Cup overseas in 2021 and we have submitted a proposal to hold it at the ‘Home of Golf’ in 2024. 


The UK Parliament honoured the SDGC twice 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 based at Westminster.


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