Patrick Barachet R.I.P.
Posted by: scoringzone at 04:39, July 26 2015.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Patrick Barachet. Patrick was a member of the EDGA medical Committee for several years. All at EDGA send their deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

Patrick worked in the medical committee as a volunteer and was also a member of the Committee on Handigolf Auvergne Golf League.
 
Many players will never forget the contribution which he made to the 13 editions of the Trophée des Volcans.

 



Lee Westwood becomes an EDGA Ambassador 
Posted by: scoringzone at 08:15, July 17 2015.

Former world number one golfer Lee Westwood has become an Ambassador for the European Disabled Golf Association. 

EDGA President Tony Bennett said: “To have Lee as an Ambassador for the association is a great addition to our efforts to raise the awareness of golf for the disabled.

“We are so pleased to welcome a player of Lee’s standing, who is not only at the top strata of the sport but is also genuinely respected for his personal qualities and contribution to golf. Lee has been one of the world’s best players for almost two decades, regularly contesting the sport’s greatest championships, winning tournaments all over the world and with a fantastic Ryder Cup pedigree.” 

Tony added: “The appointment is a real boost for the association and our thanks go to our Commercial Director Karl Morris of KRL Sport and Andrew (Chubby) Chandler from ISM for helping to make this a reality.” 

On the appointment Lee Westwood commented: “Golf brings people together. I am looking forward to helping the European Disabled Golf Association achieve their objectives of encouraging more people with disability to play golf and ultimately to help golf become a Paralympic sport.”

The EDGA was formed in the year 2000 and helps individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf. For more information on the association visit www.edgagolf.com and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanDisabledGolfAssociation

 



Gardiner beats bad weather to win Dutch Disabled Open by ABN AMRO
Posted by: scoringzone at 21:31, July 8 2015.

 

Battling some heavy showers and strong winds, England’s Andy Gardiner held his game together impressively to win by four shots the ABN AMRO Disabled Open at BurgGolf Purmerend in the Netherlands on Wednesday (8 July).

Gardiner began the day leading by two in this European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Premier Series event over a tight 5727-meter layout made more difficult by the unkind conditions.

Andy said: “At times it was a four or even five club wind, I was shocked by how strong it was.”

The Englishman coped well on the front nine to go out in 39, including a double-bogey on the 9th, but his return in 42 would have been problematical had not the chasing pack also been struggling in the wind on a course which also presented plenty of water hazards. 

Gardiner’s eventual 81 added to his first round 75 gave him a winning margin of four over Cédric Lescut of Belgium (79, 81 for 160) and Spain’s Juan Postigo Arce (77, 83 for the same total). 

Lescut will rue his costly start, having dropped six shots in his first two holes before making steady progress and a fight back. Postigo Arce’s round was very different; out in a solid 38 to be just one behind the leader at the turn but he then lost momentum with three consecutive sevens from holes 12 to 14, and return in 45 shots. 

“That gave me the breathing space and I had a five-shot lead,” said Gardiner. “I now knew that barring any major blow-ups I would be OK but the 18th was the most nerve-wracking tee-shot I have hit for three years without a doubt!

“I’m pleased with today especially against the likes of Juan and Cédric.”

Round of the day surely belonged to the leading woman golfer, Denmark’s Mette Lynggard, whose excellent 77 in the conditions included 13 pars and not a single double-bogey. 

Other results of note included the Netherlands’ Richard Kluwen and Spain’s Sebas Lorente winning the best wheelchair player categories, with Lorente also winning the Stableford category. 

Mehmet Kazan of Turkey, Belgium’s Adem Wahbi and Bérénice Thiran, England’s Mark Helm, and Scotland’s Jim Gales were also among the prize winners across different categories. 

The EDGA’s Tournament Series 2015 takes in tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy. The EDGA is an organisation which was set up to help individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf and which now provides advice and guidance for organisations on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.

Follow the final day results at ‘European Disabled Golf Association’ on Facebook and www.edgagolf.com

 

Article by Ben Evans www.cuttingedgegolf.com

 



Solid golf in Dutch Open by ABN AMRO, for Gardiner as EDGA event hots up
Posted by: scoringzone at 21:19, July 8 2015.