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Members are invited to enter our Dumfries Curling event in March.  Curling matches have been arranged at Dumfries Ice Bowl from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 March, Both events are sponsored and package deals are available.  Get in touch.  These games are being supported by UnderArmour and Quaker Oats.


Check out the new layout for our video page on the menu above.  There are some 30 video, films and wee clips to watch and listen too, all from our recent games and comps. 


Thursday 18 & Friday 19 April are our National Championships at Craigentinny GC Edinburgh.  Check out the Champions list on the highlighted webpage above.


Looking back . . . . . . . . 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, plus the St Andrews, Thornhill, Isle of Harris multi-day games and several charity competitions, being fully sponsored!


Awards and honours  . . . . . . . . The SDGC received 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 in 2018 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.


New SDGC promo video


A golfer who uses just one arm to play his shots is set to become the world's first paraplegic captain of an able-bodied club.  Go Terry, and see you at the Scottish Open in September!! 

After its recent restructure, the SDGC  can announce, that our annual diary will now include:


A minimum of 16 and maximum of 20 Order of Merit qualifying golf competitions each year.

That the Sidey Scottish Open will now be played annually over 54-holes and count toward the Order of Merit Championship.

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

That at least one one mullti-day Sticks & Stones event will be organised each month between October and March.


Almost 3100 freebee’s . . . . . . Check out the SDGC Free Lessons programme by clicking the menu link above.


“A brief look back . . . . . “ is a series of short pieces about some of the golf clubs and venues, who have supported and funded, the SDGC in recent years.  Click on Our Social Media link above to find out more.


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.  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 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. 


More news and general bits of info


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.


Thank you . . . . . . John Ambrose, long-term supporter of the SDGC and our golfers with disabilities, who has stepped up and sponsored the 2019 Merit Tables.  John has travelled with his putters from Ohio, in the US of A, to many of our events, even to our Open’s and Clinics at St Andrews, right up to our Phoenix Cup in Florida last year.  His product putters are now the title sponsor for: The L2 MOI MAXX Scottish Order of Merit Championship 2019.


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 members.


Coming soon . . . . . . arre 3 of our SAS games, on Sun 3 March at Murrayfield 12:00 & 16:00 + on Mon 4 March at Kinross 12:15.  Entry is £25 inc B&B for curlers taking part in all games, Get in touch asap 


Over 30 free Try-out and Beginner curling classes across Scotland, are listed on our social media. Check them out by clicking on the link above. 


Heads up . . . . . . The Carrick on Loch Lomond, has kindly agreed to host the brand new SDGC Captain v Vice Captain competition on Tue 7 May from 11:00.  Full details on entry and the format will be posted here soon.  Meantime, take a look at what’s in store at the Carrick.


Fancy some golf in St Andrews?  The SDGC has arranged a golf session at the St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre on Sunday 17 February from 13:30.  Facilities, like the driving bays, Trackman, putting green and PGA Pro tuition, are available for all members, whether they are beginners, novices or established players. 


Members alert . . . . . 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


Members of the SDGC may be interested in the following links: Injury inspires start up golf group or the NZ Open venue for 31 Oct-1 Nov or perhaps the UK Parliament & Phoenix Cup.  There is also the World Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities


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.


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