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The 28th Phoenix, 4-Nations, Forest of Arden, Birmingham

Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 August 2022

The Phoenix Cup

The Phoenix Cup

 

The Phoenix Cup has been played on 27 occasions, by 773 golfers, from 18 nations

 

The Phoenix Cup  is a Ryder/Solheim  Cup style tournament, which showcases the unique position of golf as one of the few sports where players of all skills and abilities can play together on a level playing field, because of the golf handicap system.

 

The inaugural Phoenix Cup was held when golfers from Canada and Scotland got together to arrange a multi-nation and friendly match play competition, at the Chippewa Creek Golf Club in Hamilton, Ontario.  We in Scotland, pulled together a ‘Rest of the World’ team from the likes of Australia, Eire, South Africa, Germany, France and the Home Nations and travelled to Canada to compete against a squad from across North America.

 

The Phoenix Cup, as the worlds first fully inclusive team international, became so successful, that the SDGC merged all its other team events, such as the World Cup, Spanish, Masters and other internationals, under that one format.  Now based firmly on the Ryder/Solheim Cup, where disabled golf groups from around the world are invited annually, to bring together teams to compete and continue to develop and promote  the sport for players of any age, with any type of disability, the Phoenix Cup is still the only pan-Disability match play team golf event in the world.

 

Such is the strength and draw of the Phoenix Cup, that the next three years events are already arranged:  The 28th Phoenix is a 4-Nations team competition between England, Scotland, The USA & Wales and will be played from Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 August at the Forest of Arden Resort, Birmingham.  The 29th Phoenix in 2023, is a USA v Europe match being held just North of Los Angeles in the USA and then, the 30th Phoenix Cup in October 2024 will be hosted by the St Andrews Links Trust, over the Old and Jubilee Courses in St Andrews, between Europe & The USA!

 

Flags from the eighteen nations whose players have competed in the Phoenix Cup

Flags from the eighteen nations whose players have competed in the Phoenix Cup

 

The 27th Phoenix Cup Programme

 

Scotland win 14 points to England's 10 points

 

Sunday 12 (12:00) HUB Greensome Pairs

Monday 13  10:00 SDGC HUB, Members tuition & Team Practice 

Monday 13 13:00 Phoenix Cup Foursomes

Monday 13 18:00 drinks Reception hosted by the Team Captain's & Fife depute Provost Julie Ford

Tuesday 14 11:00 Phoenix Cup Fourball

Wednesday 15 10:00 Phoenix Cup Singles

 

1. Click here to see the two Phoenix teams and the results over the three days of match play competition at Elmwood , click again to hide the panel 😁

 

 

Open Phoenix Letter

 

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to all of Team Scotland and its volunteers, for making the 27th Phoenix, Scotland v England match play event such a success at Elmwood.

 

We could not have staged the Phoenix without sponsors and supporters, with the likes of Titleist Acushnet providing ProV1 golf balls for both teams, the Provost of Fife Jim Leishman and Depute Provost Julie Ford funding a Reception at the club, a private sponsor who provided our teams subsistence, with a second funding the two HUB’s, the Storrie household for the provision of on -course team refreshment, Chris Paterson who donated Phoenix momentos for the team and Norman Law who provided golf buggies to get us about the course.

 

Our primary supporter, was Elmwood Golf Course and the great staff and greenkeepers who looked after us, above and beyond their regular excellent service.  Steve Johnstone and his clubhouse staff provided great food and refreshment every day.  Not a meal passed without several team members commenting on how good the food had been.  The greenkeepers not only maintained an excellent course condition, but helped with buggy maintenance, battery charging and pin positioning, for both teams thank you for your diligence and support

 

One sponsor came along to the club on day two of the event and commented on how much she had enjoyed watching both the golf and the interaction between the players and amongst the teams.  “you guys have some excellent banter and the camaraderie was very evident between the boys and girls, well done”.

 

Our volunteers continue to provide excellent support to the charity,  most of which will not be noticed by the membership, like Janet Gales who has been working on the Elmwood Phoenix for over a year, Moira McCann who ‘dressed’ the SDGC meeting room, Martin Lowe who not only guides, but advised, transported and cajoled the players, before and during the event

 

It would of course be remiss of me not to mention the squad from DGA England . . . . . losers . . . . who gave us a great game and in a friendly atmosphere.  Thanks to John and Paul and all their players, who I’m sure will be out for revenge at our next meting.

 

Thanks everyone.

Jim Gales MBE

Captain

 

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