Japan Disabled Open Golf Championship
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, October 28 2009.



The 14th Japan Open Golf Championship for the Disabled was held from 25th to 27th October 2009 at Chiran Country Club in Kagoshima. Kagoshima is a city in southern Japan, approximately 2 hours flight from Tokyo,very wonderful place for sightseeing. Chiran Country Club is one of the prestigious golf course in this area.This private country club is known for its beautiful course conditions and toughness, in which lakes and bunkers are designed ingeniously and calls for strategic technique.

About 70 players participated the tournament .Our Japan Open is divided in 8 groups; Upper & Lower Limb amputee, disability from Stroke, Multiple disability, Minor disability, Mental disability, Wheelchair, and the Grand Prix divisions.

The Grand Prix division requires a 15 or lower handicap index, whatever the disability may be and they play from the back (blue) tees using JGA rules as regular amateur tournaments play by. The winner of this division becomes the winner of the Japan Open.

From 2000, we have some players from oversea. So far Geoff Nicholas (Australia), Dan Cox(USA) and Johan Camelstad from Sweden have won this tournament. This year, because of depression of the world economy,we had no player from oversea.

The winner is Ryotaro Koike suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis, which brings pain to and hardens muscles in all parts of the body,shooting 77, 76, totaling 153 strokes. Runner-up was Shigeru Kobayashi, 82, 79 (161), and Ken Furuta came in 3rd place with an 81, 81(162.)

We plan our 15th Annual Japan Open next year from October 24th to the 26th, returning to the Kanto (Tokyo) region. 

We will welcome many players from EDGA!

Haruko Matsuda, Executive Director, Disabled Golf Association Japan.


EDGA meets SADGA in Hamburg
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, October 19 2009.


On 17th and 18th October 2009 we discussed various items with SADGA, our Member organisation in South Africa. The main points of this meeting were the progress we made to increase the number of member organisations in EDGA (possible membership of the German, Spanish, Portugese and Israelic Golf Federations as a result of our presentation in the General Assembly of EGA in Hamburg, Germany), the start of the cooperation with PGA European Tour, to increase the cooperation between EDGA and SADGA, to combine forces to improve the economical side for EDGA, to professionalize the EDGA organisation and to work together to get Golf in the Paralympics 2016. We shared the passion and the thrill of the progress made in these items and confirmed that the geographical distance is just a minor issue and of no importance for a close collaboration!

Pieter van Duijn, Roberto Caja, EDGA Executivce Board,
Craig Moorgas, Chairman of SADGA Board, Eugene Vorster,
Executive Director of SADGA.

EDGA meets EGA in Hamburg, Germany
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, October 18 2009.


At the Annual General Meeting 2009 of the European Golf Association (EGA) on Saturday 17th October 2009, EDGA had the opportunity to present itself giving an overview of the developments in Golf for people with physical limitations during the last 10 years. Positive reactions came from the Federations of Germany, Spain, Portugal and Israel. In the next few weeks we will have further talks about membership of EDGA. Earlier this year the Netherlands Golf Federation confirmed their economical support from 2010 on! Now that Golf is accepted as a new Sport at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brasil, we informed the delegates also about EDGA's initiatives to try and get Golf also as a Paralympic Sport in that year. Early next month EDGA will present our Declaration of Intent to the IPC to apply for the inclusion of Golf. Further to a meeting with the PGA European Tour last August we met again in Hamburg and accepted the invitation for a meeting to discuss their possibilities of supporting EDGA activities and competitionprogramme.

Golf becomes an Olympic Sport
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, October 3 2009.

Golf becomes an Olympic Sport (source The R&A)

After an absence of more than a century, golf will return as an Olympic sport in 2016 along with rugby sevens following their approval by the International Olympic Committee membership during the IOC’s 121st Session.

They will be part of the Olympic Programme in Rio de Janeiro, which last week was selected as the host city for 2016 Games by the IOC. Golf was last an Olympic sport at the 1904 Games in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, when the United States and Canada were the only two competing countries.

“We are elated that the IOC membership has accepted golf as an Olympic sport, and look forward to seeing the world’s best golfers compete for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” said Ty Votaw, Executive Director of the International Golf Federation Olympic Golf Committee, which has coordinated golf’s Olympic bid. “We thank the IOC for its support, and also congratulate rugby sevens for its inclusion in the 2016 Games.” 

Votaw and Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A and joint secretary of the International Golf Federation, were accompanied by professionals Padraig Harrington of Ireland, Michelle Wie of the United States and Suzann Pettersen of Norway, as well as 16-year-old (British) Amateur Champion Matteo Manassero of Italy, for a final presentation to the IOC prior to the vote.

“We are extremely grateful that Padraig, Michelle, Suzann and Matteo were able to join us to help communicate the genuine interest world-class players of all ages share in golf becoming an Olympic sport,” Dawson said. 

Golf and rugby sevens were recommended for the Olympic Programme by the IOC Executive Board in August following an extensive review process involving seven sports that were vying to be added to the 2016 Olympic Games. Although they emerged as the finalists, both sports still required final approval today by a majority of votes cast by the members of the IOC. 

“In addition to those golfers who will have an opportunity to compete as Olympic athletes, we are excited for the national golf federations that will reap the benefits from today’s decision in terms of growth and support within their countries,” Dawson said. “This is a very significant day for golf.”

Leading up to today’s final vote, golf and rugby sevens emerged from a year-long evaluation that included formal presentations by the seven sports, the submission of a Detailed Questionnaire and responses to questions raised by both the IOC Programme Commission and the IOC Executive Board. The IOC Executive Board announced its recommendation of two sports following a meeting in Berlin, Germany on August 13.

“We strongly believed that golf deserved to be added to the Olympic Programme and felt that we presented a compelling case to the IOC,” Votaw said. “We have received unprecedented support from international golf organisations throughout this process, as well as from the world’s top-ranked men and women players, which was critical to our success. We also stressed the universal nature of golf, with 60 million people playing the sport in more than 120 countries.”

Based on player feedback, the IGF has proposed a format of 72-hole individual stroke play for both men and women. In case of a tie for either first, second or third place, a three-hole playoff is recommended to determine the medal winner(s).

The IGF also has recommended an Olympic field of 60 players for each of the men's and women's competition, using the Official World Golf Rankings as a method of determining eligibility. The top-15 world-ranked players would be eligible for the Olympics, regardless of the number of players from a given country.

Beyond the top-15, players would be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two eligible players from each country that does not already have two or more players among the top-15.

Current world rankings from both the men’s and women’s games show that at least 30 countries would be represented in both the men’s and women’s competitions, from all continents, under this proposal.