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Stormin’ Storrie at the Jubilee & Scotscraig


Playing over two of the most prestigious golf courses in Scotland, the members of the SDGC played their final rounds for the Scottish Order of Merit Championnship and the coveted title, last won by Robert Innesss of Dumfries & Galloway.


The St Andrews Links Trust kindly gave us the chance to play over the halowed turf for the Fife Invitational Trophy and the leaders after 18-holes were: Adam Storrie with 36, John Pennycott with 35 bih and Garry Bruce with 35.


The Fife Invitational trophies , sponsored by Hot Stuff Gas & Fife Properties displays the St Andrews Links Trust logo and will be sited in the St Andrews Trust Clubhouse, to promote both the sponsors and golfers with dissabilities.


“The Scottish Pairs Foursome competition was once again played, and it was great to see the differing abilities, disabilities and generations compete.  This event wil be further expanded in 2019 and become a regular competition for members”.


Last years winner of the Cb trophy was Garry Bruce of Carnoustie and this year he awarded it to Jim Hamill of Dumbarton.   it is presented by the previous winner, to someone he/she feels has not only improved on their game in the last 12 months, but also made a commitment to the SDGC and other golfers with disabilities.  Jim contended for most of the year in the Order of Merit, cut his handicap, made the Auld Enemies Team and is currently serving as a Committee member and Trustee of the SDGC.


Day two saw the golfers travel the short distance to Scotscraig GC, one of the oldest golf courses in the world and the Fife Invitational winning golfers were: Adam Storrie of Fauldhouse with 67 points, John Pennycott of the Isle of Arran with 64 and Les Mcconachie of St Andrews with 61.


The Scottish Order of Merit Championship was played over 19 qualifying rounds, dating back to April and played at courses including: The Isle of Harris, silverknowes, Thornhill, East Renfrewshire, Stirling and Ratho Park.  The winner and runners-up for the 2018 title, using their best 8 recorded scores from the season, with trophies and prizes sponsored by the SDGC, are: Iain Ross of Kirriemuir with 134 from the best 8 scores returned over the season, Adam Storrie of Fauldhouse with 129 and Kerr Scott of Busby with 127.


“the SDGC would like to thank the St Andrews Linkss Trust and Scotscraig Golf Club’s staff and membership for their hospitality and warm welcome.  Without their consideration the SDGC would not exist and continue to be able to provide golf and golfing opportunities for its members”.



Thornhill D&G


With support from the Winnifred A Kennedy Trust, Thornhill Golf Club in Dumfries & Gallowway, has just concluded its hosting of a brand new 2—day SDGC Order of Merit qualifying event.  Organised by Robert Inness, our own SDGC and Thornhill member, some two dozen golfers teed off on day one in a Challenge match with club members, where the ‘English contingent’, John Bell, Robert Innesss and Kevin Booth took the team title.


The main contenders for SDGC OOM title points, after round one, over two beautiful sunny days, were: Robert Inness 36, Dave Standing 34, Gordon Latto 34, Kerr Scott 32, Paul Daley 31 and  Gerry Clifford and Adam Storrie 30.  There were some fun events out on the course, with Nearest the Pin being Ian Halliwell and Longest Drive Ian Ireland.  Day two also had a fun element, with Kerr Scott Nearest the Pin and Paul Weymes sneaking the Long Drive. 


The best scores over the two rounds and some major movement up the Scottish standings, were recorded by: Robert Inness who 'struggled' to a total of 74, Gordon Latto with 66, Dave Standing 64, John Pennycott 61, Kevin Booth 60, Iain Ross 59, Paul Daley 59 and Gerry Clifford 58.  The rest of the field went back to the practice area and Jim Gales took the Wooden Spoon trophy.


“The SDGC has made a donation to the Thornhill Junior Section, to support them in their endeavours and travels to compete with other local clubs and the club will receive a thank you letter from all those who attended, for making our visit so friendly and enjoyable.


"I was delighted to hear that you all enjoyed our lovely course, even if your golf did not live up to your expectations! If you had the time or inclination, it would be appreciated if you were able to leave a review on our Facebook page.  Many thanks also for your generous donation to our Junior section. Over the last couple of years the number of juniors playing has steadily increased and we hope to encourage this trend. To that end, your donation will contribute to the cost of junior coaching during the upcoming October holidays.  Best wishes and hope to see you again at Thornhill sometime soon.  Kind regards  Shona"



We have just concluded our latest Sticks & Stones, 2-day event at Kinross Ice and Wellsgreen Academy.  A brand new league competition was created with the VICKS team and this will run through to April, when the winning mixed team, will be presented  with a newly generated trophy.  Thanks to Maureen, Dottie and Bill for their coaching.  After an overnight local stay also provided by our sponsors, a clinic was arranged with Donald McKay at Wellsgreen and golfers from age 17 to 75 took part in the golf lessons, practice, on-course play and refreshments.  Similar events will be held in November.


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 Fife, Perthshire and Angus, several more are planned for this upcoming season.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors from various parts of the UK, for supporting the charities development, with funding and equipment for players.


Free Lessons and charity days


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.  All members currently training, should ensure their current lessons are concluded and invoiced before that date.


Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club, Edinburgh – End of Season Clients Day - “We were delighted Adam could join us at Dalmahoy and represent Scottish Disability Golf & Curling.  Adam played alongside Scott Dixon, our Head Professional and Alan Wilson, Close Brothers Finance.  Although the weather was a tad rainy, everyone enjoyed themselves and we did experience the odd sunny spell too”


Auld Enemies & The SDGC Phoenix Cup


Heartiest congratulations to the twelve gowfers competing as Team Scotlaand, who travelled down to Oulton Hall, in Yorkshire for the final Auld Enemies Cup competition against the members of the Disabled Golf Association.  Messrs Thomson (Captain Team Scotland) & Riordan (Team England) locked horns over the tricky and on occasionally very windy course, just outside Leeds.  Day one saw the foursome format end fairly evenly,, with Scotland only one point ahead at 3.5 to 2.5.  Day twos fourball format however, seemed to be a deciding factor in Scotland's favour with a 4.5 to 1.5 stretch ahead.  A very strong team spirit and inter-team camerarderie was highlighted on several occasions, especially during the final day singles format, which Scotlaand took quite convincingly, making the overall scores 17 pointss to Scotland, with England on 7.  Team Scotland 2019 for the Auld Enemies Cup, was : Billy Cairns of Kilmarnock, Gerry Clifford of Larkhall, Trevor Crombie of Kirkcaldy, Jim Hamill of Dumbarton, Robert Inness of Dumfries, John Irvine of Blyth, Gordon Latto of Cupar, Derek Milne of Upper Largo, Kerr Scott of Busby, Adam Storrie of Fauldhouse, Jim Thomson of Millport (Captain) and Ian White of Airdrie. 


The SDGC Phoenix Cup tees off ssoon, at Rotunda Resort near Tampa, in Florida and Team Europe has been selected from our membership, the Scottish Order of Merit Championship scores and other related Tables   The Europ party totals over 20 golfers and supporters, but our 14 team players in alphabetical order are: Kevin Booth of Huddersfield England, Billy Cairns of Kilmarnock Scotland, Gerry Clifford of Larkhall Scotland, James Gales MBE of Springfield Scotland, Ian Halliwelll of Hawes England, Trevor Hillen of County Down Northern Ireland, John Irvine of Blyth England, Mike Jones of Cwmbran Wales, Gareth McNeilly of County Antrim Northern Ireland, Derek Milne of Upper Largo Scotland, John Riordan of Dewesbury England, Iain Ross of Kirriemuir Scotland, Frank Sorber of Bad Neustadt Germany & Jim Thomson of Cumbrae Scotlaand.  Check out the players, event programme and sponsors, by clicking the Phoenix link at the top of this page.


International possibilities


New Events for Golfers with Disabilities?  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?


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