The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership is preparing to host the World Team Cup 2013, at the Westerwood Golf Hotel & Resort in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, from 21 through 26 July, where some 72 golfers from nearly a dozen nations will play for the coveted title.
Jim Gales, the founder of the SDGP said, “We held a similar event in 2011 at Westerwood and had four teams of 12 golfers competing for their respective countries. This time we will bring together teams of 4 players and it should be a fantastic event, as recently we have held our Open Championships and players have competed from many countries, including Canada, South Africa, Australia and several European Nations.”
The charity, which has been operating in Scotland since 2004, was the first group to incorporate anyone with any type of disability, including physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities and has held an average of almost 40 days of golf each year including First swing Clinics for beginners and novice golfers.
Fiona White, the Event Manager at the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld, has kindly agreed to represent the SDGP as Honorary Captain for 2013. Fiona has been helping to organise disabled golf events at Westerwood for almost ten years and said, “It’s always good to meet up with the guys from the SDGP again and we hope that when they visit us for their World Cup, we hope the weather will be kind and we can assist in promoting disabled golf more.”
A free First Swing Clinic will also be held the day prior to the main event, making 5 straight days of golf in July, so all the World Cup players can practice and beginners can come along and “Have A Go” at the game.
Peter Osborne, the current Chair of the SDGP said, “We held six First Swing Clinics this last year and they proved very popular, with one 2-day Clinic attracting over 100 golfers. All our Clinics are free of charge and we would hold more, but obviously funding is a recurring problem. Thanks to Westerwood, we have managed to pull together a great package for the World Cup, with disabled golfers being offered up to 4 nights at the hotel, 4 rounds at the adjacent course, meals at the hotel, carts and some airport pickups from Glasgow”.
The World Cup will be played over 72 holes, stableford gross and net competitions, with players coming to the “Home of Golf” from countries including Pakistan, the USA, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria and the Home Nations.
More information on the World Cup and the SDGP, can be found at www.sdgp.org.uk