Fife course to host dis­abled golf’s Ry­der Cup

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - SPORT -

The Phoenix Cup Team In­ter­na­tional will be played at Elm­wood Golf Club, Cu­par, be­low, from Septem­ber 13-15.

The com­pe­ti­tion was cre­ated by Scot­tish Dis­abil­ity Golf and is the dis­abled ver­sion of the Ry­der/Sol­heim Cup.

It was first held in Hamil­ton, On­tario, Canada, where 26 golfers, mak­ing up a North Amer­i­can and World Team, trav­elled from Aus­tralia, South Africa, Ger­many, the States, Scot­land, France and Eng­land to play over the three forms of tra­di­tional match play golf.

Elm­wood man­ager Steve John­stone said: “Elm­wood Golf has proudly been in­volved with the SDGC since the fa­cil­ity opened its doors in 1998.

“Club fa­cil­i­ties are well suited to golfers with dis­abil­i­ties and pro­vide easy ac­cess to the course, prac­tice ar­eas, driv­ing range and club­house.

“Next year will be the first host­ing of a dis­abled golf match play in­ter­na­tional at the club, al­though the SDGC has golfed with our mem­bers for over 20 years.

“Sev­eral dis­abled golfers use the club reg­u­larly and hope­fully more now it has be­come the first SDGC hub.

“The teams are level on vic­to­ries and I’m sure it will be a keenly fought com­pe­ti­tion.”

SDGC founder and hon­orary sec­re­tary Jim Gales de­scribed the event as “a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to take on the Auld En­emy over the fair­ways of one of our best and most wel­com­ing golf clubs for play­ers with dis­abil­i­ties”.

Dis­abled golfers will be able to qual­ify through the Scot­tish Or­der of Merit Cham­pi­onship, but the team cap­tain will also se­lect wild card play­ers from around the world as the SDGC mem­ber­ship num­bers more than 1,000 in 20 coun­tries.

Plans are al­ready in place right through to 2024, when the Phoenix Cup will be played at St An­drews, over the Old and Ju­bilee cour­ses.

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