22nd Oct, 2016

Forest of Arden hosts Golf's first Disability Open

Steve Carpenter 31st Aug, 2016 Updated: 20 hours ago

THE FIRST English Disability Open saw 35 players take to the greens at the Marriott Forest of Arden in Warwickshire with Duncan Hamilton-Martin winning the overall Championship title.

The competitors, with a variety of impairments, played both the Aylesford and Arden courses and competed in categories based on their golfing handicap.

The championship, which was hosted by BALASA Golf and supported by England Golf, was won by Hamilton-Martin, from St George’s Hill in Surrey, who scored gross 149 over 36 holes.

He said: “It is a great honour to win this inaugural event.

“I would like to thank all my competitors who made the matches exciting and challenging, but also extremely enjoyable. I would also like to thank the BALASA organising committee for pulling together a great event.”

Other winners on the day were James Hourigan (Royal Dublin) who won the Category 1 event for handicaps up to 9.4, Tony Lloyd (The Shropshire) scored a net 143 win the Category 2 event (Handicaps 9.5 to 18.4) and Keith Dolman (Rochford Hundred) won the Category 3 event for people with a handicap over 18.5

“Congratulations to the winners and the golfers who travelled from across the UK to participate,” said Jamie Blair, disability manager for England Golf.

“I would like to express my thanks to the BALASA committee as organisers, the Forest of Arden as hosts and the volunteers, including referees and starters, who supported the event.

“Putting golfing ability first – and not disability – is what this event is all about and I hope we can develop and grow this event, ensuring more disabled people in England can participate.”

Disabled people who are keen to get into golf can find out what is on offer at their local golf facilities by visiting the Get into golf website. Alternatively email England Golf on clubsupport@englandgolf.org for assistance.