After a long illness, Björn Botold died at home on the 16th May aged 58.
Posted by: scoringzone at 14:34, May 18 2015.


It is with sadness that we report, after a long illness the passing of Björn Botold. Björn died at home on the 16th May at age 58. 

During the late 90's Björn Botold built HandiGolf Operations in one of the golf district associations. He played on the tour and he was passionate for all persons with any kind of disability to start playing golf. The Swedish Golf Federation noticed his genuine interest in the nonprofit leadership and quickly he came into SGF HandiGolf group. In the year 2000 he was responsible for the spread of golf for the disabled through the districts  into the golf clubs. He was Chairman of the group from 2005 until 2010.

Helena Brobeck of the HandiGolf group, commented, “Björn meant a lot both as a friend and colleague. Almost every day during 10 years he and I talked. He was a warm person who never put himself in the center, but instead always highlighted others. Björn has always worked in the voluntary sector. He was easy to work with, a joyful person and had always laughs and great talent as chairman. He loved life and loved to create comfort between people, an enormous social skill”. Björn was the project manager for several international competitions in Sweden, even as recently as in August 2014 at the GolfUppsala, Söderby golf.

Helena verbalised the sentiments of many of Björns friends in golf around Europe, when she said, “Björn demonstrated a tremendous commitment from the breadth of his activities in our golf clubs, to the development of international competitions. HIs positive ways and his fighting spirit, will always be a living, and good memory of a close friend, although right now it feels sad. We miss you!”.

Congratulations to Cedric Lescut, deserving EDGA winner in France
Posted by: scoringzone at 20:16, May 4 2015.



Photo:Jean Louis Aragon (FFGolf)

Cedric Lescut of Belgium won through in the rain on Sunday (May 3) to win the European Disabled Golf Association’s (EDGA) Open de France Handigolf, held at Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, in Northern France.

Lescut, playing from a handicap of +1, was always one of the favourites to win this second championship of the EDGA Tournament Series 2015. However, the Belgian, with rounds of 81 and 80 and a total of 161, was battled all the way by 5-handicappers Manuel de Los Santos (83, 79) of the Dominican Republic, and Adem Wahbi (78, 84) of Belgium, who both finished the event a single stroke behind Cedric on 162.  

Some 65 golfers with a disability from Europe and beyond teed it up in the different categories of this event on the Aa Saint-Omer golf course. After a first round played in dry and cloudy conditions on Saturday, the final round on Sunday brought persistent rain throughout to create a tough challenge for the players on this hilly test with tricky greens. 

Chasing the top 3 players were a trio of Englishmen, as Mark Smith (166), Mick Horsley (168), and Mark Helm (171), all put in convincing performances, but it was Cedric Lescut who was being toasted on Sunday evening by friends, family and fellow competitors for his fantastic effort. 

In the Series 1 Nett Category (handicap), The Netherlands’ Martin Wijsman won with a nett score of 150 for two rounds (80, 70), followed by Manuel de Los Santos on 152 in second, and Adem Wahbi on the same score (152) placed third. 

Readers can see some of the shots of Adem, Manuel, winner Cedric Lescut and other players in three excellent short video pieces created specially for the event by the organisers. These illustrate the great skill of these players as they display some wonderful shots during the tournament. Find them on the EDGA website now with the following link.

The Stableford division was won by Ahmet Ozyazici of Turkey with a fine 69 points, playing off 24, with Patrick Mojeikissoff of France with 61 points off a 23 handicap in second place and fellow Frenchman Nicolas Grossia scoring 60 points off a handicap of 25. 

The next EDGA event is the HandiGolf Bornholm 2015 in Denmark organised by the Bornholms GK, Nexø GK, Gudhjem GK and The Danish Golf Union, June 1-3. 

Article by Ben Evans


New Order of Merit / Ranking for EDGA
Posted by: scoringzone at 07:49, May 2 2015.

During all of 2014 and the start of 2015, EDGA has been undergoing a period of review for the process of awarding Order of Merit / Ranking points at its tournaments. EDGA has been in discussion with leading bodies to pull together a system that will allow the association to move towards a full ranking in 2016 / 2017. President of EDGA Tony Bennett said, "it is the objective of EDGA to create a system in which players can truly be recognised for their golfing ability. It is important to be able to easily see who the players in form are and just as is done in the Worldwide Amateur Golf Rankings, and in the PGA World Rankings, we must have a system which is fair to those who play occasionally and also to those who play in many events. In the beginning of 2014 the Executive Committee of EDGA started the process by reaching out to leading authorities and although there is much work still to be done,the 2015 Ranking process is a huge step forward". 

A full description of the process used to award Order of Merit / Ranking points will be published on the EDGA website by 15.05.2015, by which time two tournaments of the 2015 EDGA tournament season will have completed, thereby making the calculations easier for players and officials to clearly see.    

Ranking / Order of Merit: STROKEPLAY Gross Current position after the EDGA Portugal Open 20.04.2015
Posted by: scoringzone at 07:31, May 2 2015.

Ranking / Order of Merit: STROKEPLAY NETT Current position after the EDGA Portugal Open 20.04.2015
Posted by: scoringzone at 07:30, May 2 2015.

Ranking / Order of Merit: STABLEFORD Current position after the EDGA Portugal Open 20.04.2015
Posted by: scoringzone at 07:27, May 2 2015.