Inclusive Golf Championship
GOLF Queensland’s inaugural Inclusive Golf Championship played at Indooroopilly Golf Club was a huge success.
Laughter and friendly banter could be heard around the golf course from the 40 participants who relished the opportunity to learn more about the game of golf.
The championship catered for all levels of golfers from organisations including the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, Special Olympics, Gold Coast Sport and Recreation and the Queensland Amputee Golf Association.
The pinnacle event was the 18-hole championship, which was won by Ryan Paton with a nett 66. He finished five shots clear of Graham Cox, who edged out Ivan Walker, Brendan Borger and Chad Willoughby on a countback.
Kate Wilson returned a nett 78 to win the women’s event.
While the 18- hole event was underway, participants enjoyed a golf clinic followed by nine holes.
Golf Queensland’s high performance coach Garry Calder demonstrated to the group how anyone, no matter their ability or physical restrictions, can play the game.
QAS squad members Kevin Marques, Chris Wood, Aaron Wilkin and Daniel Mcgraw joined Calder in helping the players learn new skills on the range and putting green.
The elite squad members also took the opportunity to show off their skills to the players, who in turn were in awe of the talent Queensland has in its golfing ranks.
The nine-hole event enabled everyone to try out their new skills in an ambrose format. Troy Campbell, Darren Gibson, Lenore Wilson and Steve Hunt were crowned the winners with a nett 30.
Many of the participants had never played on a golf course and were thrilled to be provided an opportunity to play Indooroopilly Golf Club.