Disabled golf set to get national stage

PUBLISHED: 14:05 21 June 2011

Club and ball. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 3119-25-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Club and ball. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 3119-25-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Entries for the inaugural Junior Disabled British Open are now being accepted with interest already having been expressed from as far away as North America.

The new event is the culmination of a year’s lobbying by a 16-year-old, from Ascot, in Berkshire, who was so enthused with last year’s Disabled British Open golf championship that he immediately contacted organisers to enquire why there wasn’t a junior event!

Richard Warren, a 28-handicapper, has not allowed cerebral palsy to diminish his passion for the sport and he hopes the launch of this new event will help large numbers of disabled youngsters fulfil their golfing potential.

He said: “What became apparent to me over a number of years was that there were seemingly very few junior disabled golfers, either male or female. And that motivated me to explore opportunities to bring young disabled golfers together so they can play and be inspired by their peer group. While taking part in various events I have met with some high-profile golfers, including Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie, who have expressed a keen interest in my endeavours. With the possibility of golf entering the Paralympics in the future I feel it is the right time to introduce disabled junior golf into the public domain and to encourage more disabled young people to enjoy the sport. Through the development of the first Junior Disabled British Open, I hope to inspire and encourage other young disabled juniors to pursue their passion and realise their potential. And I hope they will join me in this year’s first competition.”

The event, for disabled youngsters aged between 12 and 18, will run alongside the third annual Disabled British Open at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa, from August 20-21 For further information or to enter, contact championship organiser Andy Barwell on 07961 315520 or visit www.disabledbritishopen.org

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