News…

English Disabled Open 2017
Results available from The Warwickshire here.

And photos from Sunday’s play here.
Link to England Golf News article here.

Limb Power Day

Limb Power are holding a tri-golf experience day at Frilford Heath.  More details here.

EDGA Swedish Invitational 
Some excellent play from George Groves brought home his first EDGA tournament win. Congratulations George.  More here.
Pas-de-Calais Handigolf Open, St Omer
BALASA members may be interested in the attached EDGA event which takes place in Northern France from 22nd to 24th September 2017.  More details here.
AGM 2017
Will be held at The Warwickshire Golf Club on 26th August 2017.  Nominations for the positions of Chairman and Treasurer are invited here.  Please return to Secretary by 12th August 2017.
European Team Championships, Portugal
BALASA golfers have been representing England in both the Gross and Net events at this tournament played over the demanding Quinta do Lago South Course.  More here 

English Seniors, Saunton, Devon
Duncan Hamilton-Martin has been competing in the above event.  Dunc managed to make the cut for the final day, today 9 June 2017.  Great playing Dunc!

More here. 

English Disabled Open 2017 (inc BALASA National Championships)

Entries are now closed.

Disabled Golf Survey

Tom Lockwood from Huddersfield University is keen to create a product for the disabled golfer.  He is particularly seeking to find problems that frustrate disabled golfers.  Tom would be obliged if you could complete the attached survey for him – it’s only 10 questions and should not take long.

DBO 2016

BALASA golfers competed in the 2016 Disabled British Open at Ufford Park, Suffolk.  More information on their successes here.

English Disabled Open and 28th BALASA Disabled Championships, Aylesford & Arden Courses, Marriott Forest of Arden, Meriden, Warwickshire,   27th & 28th August 2016

The BALASA Championships were incorporated into the inaugural English Disabled Open, and a very strong field assembled at Forest of Arden. Both courses at the venue were in excellent condition.

On Friday, many golfers took the opportunity to take a practice round on the demanding Arden Course – once a venue for the European Tour event, English Open.

Round One started off in fine conditions (but see below) on the Aylesford Course. Although 1,000 yards shorter than the Arden, the Aylesford plays much tighter and golfers got caught out by it’s hidden hazards. A good example is Andy Spratt who scored 13 more Stableford points on the Arden on Sunday.

Sadly heavy rain arrived mid-afternoon and when lightening followed, Tournament Director Peter Coles had no hesitation in bringing the players off. 90 minutes later the lightening had moved away and play was re-commenced.

Duncan Hamilton-Martin produced the best gross on Saturday with a fine 73 with Mike Gays one shot back on 74. Defending his Cat 2 title, Tony Lloyd fared best with a net 71. Keith Dolman lead the Stableford after round One with 29 points – nice golf Keith.

The Gala Dinner took place on the Saturday evening with Kevin Barker (R&A Director, Working for Golf) as guest of honour. Having dried out after the afternoon deluge, golfers ate the excellent food looking forward to more favourable conditions on the Sunday.

Day Two saw Mark Smith at his best, completing the Arden Course in 74 gross – best of the day. However, Mark was too far back from Saturday’s round. Duncan Hamilton-Martin produced a fine birdie 2 on the (infamous) 18th to finally see off the challenge of his playing partners Mike Gays and James Hourigan and take home the Gross Prize.

English Disability Open 2016 Credit: Leaderboard Photography

Duncan receives the BALASA trophy from Kevin Barker, R&A. (image © Leaderboard Photography)

Cat1 net winner was James Hourigan, pipping Mike Gays on countback. Tony Lloyd successfully defended his Cat2 title, from Andy McDonald in second place. Keith Dolman held on to win the Stableford competition under a strong challenge from Anil Gurung with Andy Spratt snatching third after an amazing improvement – see above. Well done James, Tony and Keith.

This year we welcomed distinguished guests and referees from the R&A, European Tour and England Golf.  James Wiggins and Tony Curtis’s (England Golf) preparations ensured the weekend would run smoothly – which it did. Peter Coles (European Tour) performed his roles as Tournament Director, Referee and Starter in his usual professional manner. We thank all the officials & referees for making the weekend so enjoyable and Kevin Barker for the prize presentations with kind words for all our golfers and supporters.  We again thank the R&A and Titleist for continued support of BALASA. Jamie Blair and Toby Thorne provided professional support on scoring.

Final scores can be viewed here.

—Category Winners & places. Image (c) Leaderboard Photography

Category Winners & places. Image (c) Leaderboard Photography

BALASA Committee would like to thank all players for adhering to the pace of play timings.  All rounds were completed within our target of under 4½ hours.  Peter Coles’ excellent address at the Friday Player’s Meeting plainly struck home and the player’s exemplary conduct on-course contributed to a wonderful and memorable weekend. Well done everyone including referees, helpers, caddies, sponsors and our Starter/Referee/timekeeper and Tournament Director – Peter Coles.  Finally, a big thank you to all the staff at Marriott Forest of Arden who made the event so enjoyable.

More pictures here c/o Leaderboard Photography.

Finally, all FoA player’s are encouraged to complete the online survey available here.

EDGA Individual European Championships

Mark Helm and Mark Smith represented BALASA at these championships in Czech Republic.  Full results here

French Disabled Open, Saint Omer Club, Pas-du-Calais

Mark Smith, second overnight with 82, produced some great shotmaking to score a second round 79 and win the Gross category.  Mark finished two ahead of Belgium’s Adem Wahbi (84, 79). Richard Saunders (37 & 42 points) won the Stableford Competition making it a successful weekend in France for BALASA players.  Well done all!  More here.

nb: Whilst in France, Jean-Jacques Durrand owner of Saint Omer (and strong supporter of disabled golf) brought our attention to a Seniors (+50) event in October.  Details attached.  All welcome including able-bodied and disabled players.  Enquiries to:- info@golfsaintomer.fr

Diabled Golf Participation Study 2016

Richard Warren is conducting a survey of disabled golf as part of his Sports Management degree at Bournemouth University.  If you can spare the time, BALASA requests members to complete this survey which takes about 20 minutes.

ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship

BALASA golfers and Craig Thomas were all raising awareness of disabled golf at Close House during the above championships.  More here & here.

England Golf Press Release

Please see the following press release from England Golf who, from January 2015 will replace BALASA as the representative body to the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) for disability golf in England.

BALASA will continue on a “business as usual” footing with interim responsibility for assisting England Golf on England Team selection for international events.

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ISPS Handa Event

Mark Smith received coaching from Craig Thomas at a recent ISPS Handa coaching session at Celtic Manor. More here.

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European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA)

Please see the EDGA website for their announcement of a change to EDGA Rules some of which is replicated below:-

http://edgagolf.com/content/2014-changing-edga-manual

During the General Assembly of EDGA in November 2013 there was a proposal to change the following line in the manual: “The Tournament Organiser will only accept applications for entry from players with an EDGA medical pass who are members of their national member organisation”, by removing the part “who are members of their national member organisation.”

Over the last two months the EC (EDGA Executive Committee) has been dealing with several areas which will be affected by the acceptance of the new trajectory for EDGA and have been working hard to prepare a strategy for implementation of a number of new initiatives.

Specifically relating to the above matter the EC has had the opportunity to consult on this matter, have fully considered the effects of doing so and have agreed that, there will be a lead in period during the EDGA transition year to allow organisations and Federations to fully prepare for this change. Therefore the above statement will be adjusted before the end of 2014 but not before the end of the 2014 playing season.

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GB relinquishes EDGA Nations Cup in Southern Spain (Nov 2013)

This EDGA (European Disabled Golf Assn) Nations Cup event took place in early November 2013 across a very demanding Las Colinas course in Murcia.  Just prior to the event this course hosted the European Tour Q-School.  BALASA was represented by two teams, one each for the Gross and Stableford events. The Gross Team could not retain their Nations Cup which this time was won by the French Team.  However, they put up a good fight – finally finishing in a commendable 3rd place.

Above, the Gross Team of (L to R): Kevin Harmison, Mark Smith, Rob Johnson & Duncan Hamilton-Martin receive their 3rd place trophies from Tony Bennett, PGA Europe (2nd right).

Above, the Gross Team of (L to R): Kevin Harmison, Mark Smith, Rob Johnson & Duncan Hamilton-Martin receive their 3rd place trophies from Tony Bennett, PGA Europe (2nd right).

Similarly, the Stableford Team also failed to keep hold of their title from 2011.

Stableford Team. Left to right – Pete (local Brit caddie & BALASA supporter), Ian Dixon, Richard Saunders (apologies for the shorts!), Andy McDonald, & Mike Lincoln.

Stableford Team. Left to right – Pete (local Brit caddie & BALASA supporter), Ian Dixon, Richard Saunders (apologies for the shorts!), Andy McDonald, & Mike Lincoln.

This element of the tournament was won by a very strong Spain side on home soil.

Kevin Harmison was the best scoring British player over the two days.

Day One saw some excitement when Richard Saunders holed-in-one on the 7th hole.

Richard, after his ace on the 7th hole at Las Colinas.

Richard, after his ace on the 7th hole at Las Colinas.

It was Richard’s first ever ace and the first in an EDGA tournament.  Congratulations Richard on your achievement.  Expensive mind, as there were 65 thirsty EDGA golfers waiting in the clubhouse!

BALASA would like to extend their thanks to all at the Spanish Federation, EDGA and Las Colinas for running this excellent event.

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ISPS Handa PGA Academy Programme

BALASA golfers recently participated in the above which immediately preceded the 2013 ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Nice coverage of Simon, Chris and Richard at this European Tour event. http://www.europeantour.com/videoaudio/video/videoid=204300.html

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Anchoring of putters banned from 2016

You may have seen the recent news regarding long-handled and belly putters see attached.  http://www.randa.org/en/Rules-and-Amateur-Status/Anchoring.aspx

BALASA Committee have already flagged up with the R&A the additional issues this may cause for certain disabled golfers.  We will continue to lobby and liaise with the R&A over the forthcoming months.

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