Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, November 20 2009.
On Thursday 19th November 2009 President Roberto Caja and Secretary Pieter van Duijn had the privilege to have a meeting with Mr. Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A and Joint Secretary of the International Golf Federation and Mr. Duncan Weir, Director of Golf Development. We discussed developments in our efforts to have Golf in the Paralympics in 2016. As to this, EDGA sent the required Declaration of Intent to the International Paralympic Committee early November 2009; we now await the invitation of the IPC to come forward with the formal Application. It was agreed in this meeting to take direct and further steps towards organisations concerned world-wide.
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, November 17 2009.
After our presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Golf Association (EGA) in Hamburg last month, President Gonzaga Escauriaza Barreiro of the Spanish Golf Federation invited us to meet in Madrid to talk about the possibility of membership of EDGA and about the future goals for disabled golf in Spain. On Wednesday 17th November 2009 we met again and had a long and constructive meeting with Mr. José Felix Bilbao Egaña, Presidente Comité Golf Adaptado. We discussed the past, present and future of adapted golf in Spain and learned about their ambitious plans and initiatives nation-wide. We also met with groups of mental and physical disabled golfers during their weekly training sessions. We are impressed by the progress these players make and the facilities offered to them. In the near future the Spanish Golf Federation will continue to increase the number of facilities to teach disabled golfers and to offer them also the possibility to play in their golf competitions.
Posted by: scoringzone at 18:00, November 4 2009.
Mallorca, 3th November - We arrived on Sunday afternoon in a sunny Spain. After renting two cars, Team Holland proceeded to the hotel. We like to be independent but there was good transport arranged. The Hotel Almenara is a top hotel with large and luxury the rooms. After a good breakfast we went to the course. A lovely course with a beautiful clubhouse.
The Dutch A team had the first flight of the practice round. After arriving at the first green we stood their for about 15 minutes in complete confusion “how can we get the ball to stop near the hole” we tried from different angles until the French team behind us pushed us to the next hole there we had the same problems. But in the second nine we started to get better at it.
It was a great pleasure to be allowed to play such a fantastic course. At the price giving the Dutch team got an other surprise. We won the third price. The same number of shots as the French , but I suppose we played the last 9 better. We as underdog never expected to win something but it seemed we played less bad then the rest.
After a great evening we went to bed at 3 at night and played the next day a round on la Cañada, a nearby course of a lesser god. And took a flight back at night.