Paragolf scores well at Ufford Park
While all the excitement and glory of our medal haul at the Rio 2016 Paralympics is still with us, what better time to host the 2016 Disabled British Open on our glorious golf course.
Ufford Park has been very privileged to host this important event for the past 3 years. Considered as a ‘major’ in the disability golf tournament calendar, the Disabled British Open Golf Championships welcomed competitors from all over the world to take part under tournament conditions for 2 days earlier in September.
Relaunched in 2014 following the unfortunate demise of the original tournament, it has been reformatted by the Handigolf Foundation and attracts the leading men, women and junior players. Amongst these are one-armed golfers, leg amputees, blind golfers and even those that play from special adapted electric buggies. There is a maximum handicap of 28 for men and 36 for ladies, however, for all wheelchair golfers and blind golfers the maximum handicap is 36 and 45 respectively
Caddies, referred to as ‘playing assistants’ are required for each group and are drawn on a voluntary basis from Senior and Junior Club members. Their local knowledge proves invaluable to the competitors and their assistance is very much appreciated by the players.
The competition is held under the Stableford Points format and James Hourigan, a bilateral amputee who hails from Dublin won the competition with 54 points over the 2 days.
Of course, it’s all very well being in admiration of these incredible people, but aside from offering up a fabulous course, the venue itself proves to be absolutely vital to the event’s overall success. The hotel is fully accessible with very adaptable dining, meeting and recreational facilities. And for the non-playing visitors, the swimming pool, health spa, double-decker driving range and ‘Congo Rapids’ adventure-golf course provide excellent alternatives to the main golf event.
The event now appears to have a far superior basis and looks set to continue for years to come; at Ufford Park, we’re already looking forward to next year!
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