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As we approach the end of 2018, the SDGC reflects on what has been an extremely busy year for the charity, which now organises sporting opportunities for members, right across the year, with golf, curling and Sticks & Stones multi-day combo games.

 

The SDGC, through its fantastic sponsorship deals with Scottish golf clubs and donators,, was able to provide more complimentary golf package deals to its members than ever before, with both team international squads receiving funds, with the St Andrews, Thornhill, Isle of Harris multi-day games and several charity competitions, being fully sponsored.

 

The SDGC has received some significant recognition during 2018, with the UK Parliament passing an Early Day Motion, congratulating the European Phoenix Cup team on their victory over the USA squad in Englewood, Florida in October.  The Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on Golf also awarded Honorary Life Membership to the SDGC earlier this year for services to disabled golf.  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.

 

After thre years of experimenting, the SDGC  has finished reorganising its diary, and can announce that our main competitions will consist of:

 

     a minimum of 16 and maximum of 20 Order of Merit qualifying competitions each year

     that the Sidey Scottish Open will now be played annually over 54-holes

     that all team international formats, will be merged under The Phoenix Cup banner and played annually

     that one mullti-day Sticks & Stones event will be organised each month over the winter

 

During 2018, the SDGC  has arranged golf and curling games, on 60 occasions, from the Isle of Harris, to Dumfries, Edinburgh, Perthshire, Renfrewshire and Glasgow.  Over 80 people of all ages and abilities have taken up the offer of free lesssons and the SDGC has now provided a total of almost 3100 lessons, with more than 80 Professionals and Coaches.

 

The SDGC’s highlight of this last year was undoubtedly the victory over DGA England, at Oulton in Leeds, where Captain Thomson led the team to a 17 to 7 win, so confirming the legend that neither team has ever been able to win the Auld Enemies Cup on home soil?  The new broom takes over in 2019, when John Pennycott of the Isle of Arran will lead a squad for the newly formatted SDGC Phoenix Cup.  Team Scotland has always been selected from the Scottish Order of Merit Championship Tables, and for the first time in 10 years had over a dozen different event winners, with Iain Rosss of Kirriemuir taking the title after a very close fought race.

 

Unfortunately, the SDGC lost several valued members during 2018, with Davey Young of Fife, Davey Moore of Edinburgh and Billy Cairns of Kilmarnock, all passing.  Our condolences were passed to their families, and our members attended services.

 

The SDGC is already planning out the 2019 season and has arranged 3 multi-day Sticks and Stones events in the early part of the year.  Most recently, the SDGC has received confirmation of a 3-day Challenge competition in March, at Dumfries Ice, which is being sponsored by UnderArmour and Quaker Oats..

 

The SDGC is considering two brand new competition games/formats and asks members to feed back with opinions and ideas?  The first is a game where members will be invited to play a course, be ranked by handicap and drawn to play in a foursome or greensome format.  Members would also be asked to play alongside new members and their coaches, using the format to introduce newer members to a friendly and informal round?  the second is an East v West match, which is being planned for the Carrick Golf Course in April.  This would be a match play competition and cost in the region of £20 per person.  Any members interested or wishing to comment,, should get in touch via this website or via one of the SDGC Committee members.

Brief Bits

 

 

USGA donates Solorider

 

 

Next up for the SDGC are 3 SAS games, on Sun 6 Jan at Murrayfield from 12:00 & on Mon 7 Jan at Kinross from 12:15.  Members entry is only £25 and includes B&B for curlers taking part in all games, members should get in touch asap 

 

 

Malaysian Disabled Golf Association

 

 

Inclusive Curling Funday takes place at the Peak Ice on Tue 22 Jan at 12:00 to 17:00

 

 

Thank you Poppy Scotland, to all the SDGC members who took part in our Sticks & Stones in recent weeks. Members and local residents passed on £664.85, from curling, golf and tin shaking, which will help service personnel, young and not so, from our armed services.

 

 

New venue for SDGC game?

 

 

Injury inspires Aussie Gribble to start up Empower golf group

 

 

UK Parliament & Phoenix Cup

 

 

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. 

 

 

Simpson Cup - themMilitary Ryder Cup comes to St Andrews in 2019

 

 

New try out - Golfers outwith the top 16 on the SDGC OOM Tables will be awarded points in 2019

 

 

Golfers booking and making deposit payments to Dalmahoy before the end of February will receive free entry to The Scottish Open

 

 

Soloriders lead the way

 

 

World rankings for golfers with a disability - or perhaps just the elite?

 

 

Phoenix player sets up new adaptive group in the States

 

 

R&A £2m to Foundation Juniors

 

 

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