Golf North Show October 2012

The Golf North Show at The Riverside was not as successful as the organisers had hoped with very low attendance each of the 3 days. British Disabled Golf were hoping to use the show to raise much needed funds but in the end they took advanatge of forming some good partnerships with other exhibitors, so the whole weekend was not wasted.

The trustees would like to thank Darren Grey, Mike & Wendy Oxley, John Irvine, Gary Cooper and Mat Mahoney for helping over the weekend especially Mike & Wendy who braved the whole 3 days in the cold concourse of Middlesborough Football Club.

We met some really interesting people like Wheelchair Steve who is working towards making people more aware about what people in wheelchairs can achieve.

Ingleby Barwick

It was the last organised golfing event of the year at Ingleby Barwick. The golf club kindly allowed buggies on the course and at times it was difficult to find a path through the course due to the amount of rain that had fallen during the week.

A special thanks to Keith Pickering who braved the weather and travelled all the way from Suffolk to be with us for this last full golfing day of 2012.

Despite the weather the scores were quite good Keith Pickering winning the selected holes competition, John Irvine came 2nd with the overall winner Kevin Booth with 37pts.

We had a great after dinner meal and Kevin talked to the manager of Ingleby Barwick who is setting things in place to make disabled golfers very welcomed at the club. The two golf professionals at Ingleby Barwick are specially trained to work with people with disabilities, so British Disabled Golf hope to form a good working relationship with the club in the future.


5 members of British Disabled Golf in the North East took part in a get together at Sharpley Golf Club near Seaham,Tyne & Wear.All rounds were completed in sunny weather and the course and greens were in superb condition for this time of year. A fantastic day was had by all and everyone enjoyed the course, which although short had some very difficult greens and much water and sand.The competition was fierce and some excellent scores were registered on the day.The 18 hole competition was won by Gary Cooper of Blyth with 43 points, 2nd was Paul Weymes of Newcastle with 41 points and closest to the pin on the par 3 5th was Ian Slowther of Wylam. Winning the home made trophy for coming last was John Irvine of Blyth with a still creditable 35 points.

Scores were as follows  :-

Gary Cooper (20)           43 points

Paul Weymes (11)          41 points

Ian Slowther (15)           37 points

Matt Mahoney  (22)        35 points

John Irvine   (25)           35 points