The Launch of British Disabled Golf took place atAcanthus Golf Centre on August 3rd. It was an open day where disabled and abled bodied golfers could play alongside each other as and when they wanted. The idea was that players could play the 9 hole course as many times as they wish and try post the best score they could. At the same time 6060Golf the new range game at Acanthus was being played by everyone inbetween rounds, therfore throughout the day there were plenty of activity.
Members of Wakefield Stroke Association also attended and played the 6060Golfalbeit on a less difficult course as well as getting some helpful hints from the more established players.
The highlight of the day was Fred Hill from Wakefield who suffered a stroke some 3 years ago and attends meeting at the Wakefield Stroke Association. Fred has previously attended a taster session at Acanthus and when informed of the open day he decided to come along. Organiser Kevin Booth welcomed Fred and took him on to the range after hitting just 3 balls Fred said “ I am ready now” when Kevin asked “ready for what” Fred replied “ 9 Holes”. Not wanting disappoint Fred, Kevin arranged for someone to assist Fred out on the course, it took Fred over 2 hours to complete 9 holes, but complete it he did. At the presentation later Fred was awarded a special prize of most improved on the day, everyone present were emotional at what they had seen Fred achieve, his spirit and determination set an example to us all and showed us what BRITISH DISABLED GOLF is all about, what a great start to this new venture.
Other Winners on the day included Andy Greenhill ( Div 1Best 9 Hole Net), John Irvine (Div 2 Best 9 Hole Net), Dave Fletcher (Best Non Disabled 9 Hole Net). John Irvine (Overall 6060Golf Intermediate Course), Wendy Oxley (6060Golf short course), Tex Williamson(Driving Accuracy), Calum Parsons (Greens in Regulation), Brian Parsons (On the Fairway),Mick Oxley (Short Game) and Dave Fletcher (Scrambling).
Thanks has to go to Charles, Amanda and Lauren the staff at Acanthus for all their hard work, and to Cerise Booth who throughout the day work hard and announced at the end of the day we had raised £327. The money raised will go towards arranging more taster sessions for those wanting to start golf and follow the example set by Fred.