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Thank you to the 2 Scottish Trust Funds who have donated almost £2k toward a 'Super HUB'.  The 2-day HUB will be arranged very soon and will have golf rounds, tuition, practice time and catering for members.

Congratulations to all 15 members of Team SDGC, who have just sent the golfers of Team DGA (England back south of the border, after an emphatic 14 to 10 win at Elmwood.

Some dates and venues for the new Scottish Curling Championship are now confirmed and up on the Scottish page.  A couple of venues are to be confirmed but we will be ready to slide off soon.


Sorry about the golf . . . . although the finale to the OOM is confirmed at Muckhart, all our end of season HUBS, extra games and tuition have had to be postponed, due to some members and PGA Pro's testing positive.  We will post updates here as soon as we have info.


The SDGC annual visit to Ratho Park Golf Club in Edinburgh has just finished and we were once again treated to a lovely and well maintained track, where some excellent work has been carried out by the club and its greenkeepers in the last few years.  Once again the sloping greens and well positioned bunkers caught out a lot of the field, but new member, Fraser Millar romped to the predicted and deserved victory after shooting 42 points and winning by 8 😲.  It was also great to see our stalwart Garry Bruce taking a third spot on the winners rostrum after a fairly quiet season.  The new Chef at the club, supplied an absolutely stonking 3-course meal after the golf, and even our ‘strongest’ eaters struggled with the provisions.  As always, our thanks go to the Management and clubhouse staff at Ratho Park for the support and kindness.  Ratho has an excellent youngsters programme and The SDGC made a donation to the club for their Junior Section, to help out with their tuition, competitions and travel costs over the winter.


Orderof Merit.  As the number of players are generally increasing at competitions, the SDGC has decided that in 2022, we will increase the points for the Order of Merit Championship Tables.  the top 20 players will now be awarded points from 30 for the winner, then 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12 and a single point decrease thereafter from 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 for 20th place.  No single points would be awarded purely for attendance or returning incomplete round cards.


HUB.  The SDGC is finalising details for the restructure of its Lessons & Practice Programme, which have been implemented over the last few years.  From early in 2022, all lessons, tuition and practice sessions will be arranged under SDGC HUBS.  Only new members who have not played golf or curling before, will be offered 1-2-1 tuition with teaching professionals and their coaches, guides and/or carers will still be welcome to accompany players, but would only be invited to participate through cancellations or unfilled places.


ICE, ICE, BABY.  New stocks of ice equipment have just arrived with the SDGC, ready for the new Scottish Championship in November at Kinross, Stirling& Edinburgh. As always members of any age or ability can play and anyone interested can put their names forward.  The event will be fully sponsored by our UK Trust and Foundation sponsors and will include a hotel stay, practice sessions and games as well as some catering. 


ANNUALS.  The SDGC will hold its Annual General Meeting early in each New Year, on completion of the Annual Report & Accounts.  The Committee have now altered their general meeting structure, and will meet during the first week of each March, June, September and December.  Any member who has a complaint, idea for the charity, query or any other point they might wish to raise, must submit it in writing to the Committee or their local Committee member.  The Committee will not accept or discuss any matters submitted verbally or via social media.


TEAM ANNIVERSARY.  Various team international formats have been attempted in a number of countries, dating back to the early NINETIES, but it was 14 years ago, since the inaugural Phoenix Cup was hosted by our friends in Canada, at the Chippewa Creek Golf Course, in Hamilton, Toronto.  Glenn Babcock brought together a squad from Canada and the US of A, and from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 August 2007, the North American’s took on a World Team, from countries including: Australia, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Germany France and England.  Jim Gales led the World Team to victory in the traditional match play competition, but the main objective was establishing the world’s first disabled team international, which has since involved over 700 players from 18 nations.  Since those early days, the SDGC has brought all its other team competitions and formats under the Phoenix banner, and in 2022 the next Phoenix will be played at the Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, England, from Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 August.  The competition will be played over 54-holes, on the Aylesbury and Arden Golf Courses, with four teams of twelve disabled golfers, representing England, Scotland, The USA and Wales.  Team Scotland will be led by Adam Storrie (Captain) of Fauldhouse and Jim Hamill (Vice Captain) of Dumbarton.


ISLE OF HARRIS.  The Isle of Harris Disabled Open 2021 has just finished.  The entire week on Harris had glorious weather, with sunshine, hot temperatures little wind and after advice from golfers attending the last event, all of the players, coaches and guests, turned up with heavy waterproofs, spare woollies and in some cases, umbrellas. ☁🌡 Most of the golfers were heavily tanned and on occasion, sunburnt.  Fantastically well organised weather conditions! 🌄


Before we mention any results or comments, the SDGC must thank the “main man at IOH” GC.  Kenny Morrison was an absolute star and diligently hosted the entire event with his team of club members, friends and local businesses.  Through the golf club, local community groups and supporters, a local bus was on hand to ferry bodies too and from the golf club and hotel, buggy transport, misplaced items recovery and even a visit to A&E was arranged.  A friendly and welcoming support package that no other club could have supplied.  Also sponsored by the IOH GC, we cannot praise the guys at the hotel enough, looking after our group in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with good food and beer, sampling of which went on most nights and early mornings.  Thank you.


In addition to Kenny’s hosting, Russel and Lynne on the catering provisions were second to none with quality tasty snacks, service and meals via “Island Bites”, across the whole visit.  James on the green keeping side has performed miracles with the new layout of the tough track and is highly commended by all the SDGC members, guests and friends in attendance.  Two precious commodities associated with the Isle of Harris Golf Club that we would highly recommend.


Aside from the wildlife in the bay, like the Basking Sharks, Otters and other beautiful beasties, most were surprised when a Yacht turned up offshore and weighed anchor.  A dinghy then approached the shore with two very friendly occupants and two sets of clubs, came to the club for a game, were sorted, played and after some excellent food, returned to the Yacht via the dinghy and sailed off in to the evening sun. What a life!!  ⛵!


The course certainly controlled the scoring, with day one seeing Iain Ross take the lead with 39 points and Adam Storrie securing his top eight Phoenix place just behind with 36, along with three other 36’ers of Gordon Latto, Gerry Clifford and Dave Standing. 


Day two, which was the 900th game arranged by the SDGC since 2004, had similar scoring opportunities, with extra sunshine and more hot, hot stuff from  the sky, seeing Gordon Latto and Iain Ross sharing 37 points in the fight for the 'top dawg'.  In the end, even after a seven on the last, Iain prevailed and took the title over from Kenny Morrison, to become the Isle of Harris Disabled Open

Champion for 2021.  Gordon Latto held on for the Runner up slot and Dave Standing took third place.


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