England Deaf Golf
World Deaf Golf Championships
Royal Golf Club
26th to 29th July saw 14 players from England Deaf Golf attend the 2016 World Deaf Golf Championships at the Royal Golf Club in Copenhagen, Denmark. Although a low number of players at this year’s Tournament in total (98), it turned out to be one of the best professionally run Tournament since starting at Forest of Arden in 1995.
- Men’s – 55
- Ladies – 13
- Seniors – 30
There were a total of 18 countries all competing which include: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Wales.
England Deaf Golf had the following in the teams:
- Men’s team – Martin Anderson (Captain), Michael Roberts, Marc Murphy, Paul Waring, Ben Stephens and Richard Le Page
- Men’s Individual – Michael Burris
- Ladies – Donna Cross (Captain) and Lydia Ingman
- Seniors – Darren Upton (Captain), Rod Oaten, Kevin Whalley, John Leishman and Keith Wilkinson
The course was playing extremely tight with water hazards on every single hole. The recent European Challenge Tour event was held here and the leading score after 72 holes was +1. This was an indication of how tough the course was going to be. Despite the course being strategically set up for a tough tournament, Donna and Lydia managed to knuckle down to get good scores in each day. Beating the Americans who had 5 ladies in their team showed testament to their character on the course to knuckle down and get the job done without giving up. This was done without any EDG supported training due to lack of funds.
Lydia Ingman is the LADIES WORLD CHAMPION and more especially this was done on her debut. Lydia was runner up after a playoff in last year’s European Deaf Golf Open Championship (EDGOC) in Norway and Donna made her debut in the 2014 WDGC in USA which put them in good stead for this year’s event both for individual and team.
Paul Waring was closely pipped to the podium finish in 2014 in America losing out on countback. Last two years saw Paul continuously practice almost daily with a fitness regime too including a 1st place finish in the EDGOC in Norway (Paul has won the Euros in both 2013 and 2015 – the only player to win consecutively since it started). This paid off and saw Paul be the highest placed Englishman with a podium finish in 2nd place. Again, the determination from Paul on the course especially being in battle with 2 of the best golfers in the world in the final round in Brandon Babinuex (USA +2 handicap) and Allen John (Germany +3 handicap and used to compete heavily on the PGA Challenge Tour).
The senior’s also played and came 5th out of 6 teams. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding and support for training the team, they were unable to realise their true potential however they gave it their best playing for pride.
The Men’s team did not fare well as we did not have our strongest team out. Again, lack of training opportunities due to funding restricts the potential of the team to grow and establish themselves as one of the World’s best. England can be regarded as one of the best teams never to win the Worlds yet we show extremely great potential to win it in the next 4 years.
- 2nd place
- u23 Champion
- Ladies Team Champion
- u23 Champion
- Ladies World Champion
- Ladies Team Champion
I believe England took home the most trophies simply because of these three fantastic players.
The 2016 World Deaf Golf Championships was the most strategically organised and supported event since 1995 with the whole feel of it being a professional event. It demonstrated that it was able to realise the dream of hosting the world’s best Deaf golfers in one week on a Championship course and supporters from around the world were able to follow live scoring during the event. The Danish OC have set a new standard for the future WDGC events.
EDG are always looking for funding support however we are also looking for Coaches and Psychologists to work with the team to improve and realise their potential of winning the World Championships. We are also looking for a skilled person to work in a Managerial role of leading the Elite team at both the European Deaf Golf Open Championships and the World Deaf Golf Championships.
- 2017 European Deaf Golf Open Championships, Ganton, England
- 2018 World Deaf Golf Championships, Carton House, Ireland
- 2019 European Deaf Golf Open Championships, TBC, Sweden
- 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships, Woodhall Spa, England 25th Anniversary of the WDGC
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