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THE field is set for the first edi­tion of the Aus­tralian All Abil­i­ties Cham­pi­onship.

Four Aus­tralians will be among the elite 12-per­son field to play at Syd­ney’s The Lakes Golf Club dur­ing the Emi­rates Aus­tralian Open.

In a world first, golfers with a dis­abil­ity will com­pete on the same course, un­der the same tour­na­ment play­ing con­di­tions, along­side many of the world’s best tour­ing pro­fes­sion­als com­pet­ing for the Open’s time-hon­oured Stone­haven Cup.

The AAAC field will also fea­ture seven Euro­peans and one golfer from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic as part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Golf Aus­tralia and the Euro­pean Dis­abled Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, which also aims to in­crease the pro­file of in­clu­sive golf on the global stage.

R&A chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Slum­bers was thrilled with the Golf Aus­tralia ini­tia­tive.

“We’re de­lighted (the tour­na­ment can) show­case the lead­ing golfers with dis­abil­ity and use the Rank­ings For Golfers with a Dis­abil­ity (R4GD) in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion process,” Slum­bers said.

“The Aus­tralian All Abil­i­ties Cham­pi­onship will do much to pro­mote the in­clu­sive na­ture of golf to a global au­di­ence and to demon­strate that golf is a game for all, for life.”

The play­ers tak­ing part in the AAAC dur­ing the Aus­tralian Open are: World No.1 Charles-Henri Quelin, of France; Spain’s Juan Postigo (No.2); Ire­land’s Bren­dan Lawlor (No.3); Aus­tralia’s Shane Luke (No.4); Swe­den’s Jo­han Kam­mer­stad (No.5); Eng­land’s Ash­ley Har­ris (No.7); Ger­many’s Timo Klis­chan (No.8); Bel­gium’s Adem Wahbi (No.9); Manuel De Los San­tos, of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic (No.10); and Aus­tralians Stephen Prior (No.11), Mike Rolls (No.14) and Ge­off Ni­cholas (No.16).

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