Golf Queensland have announced the endorsement of the Queensland Inclusive Golf Championships as a Golf Australia (GA) and European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) ranking event.
This presents an exciting opportunity for golfers with a disability that wish to progress to higher level competition as this new system will allow players to receive points based on their performance in every counting round and to receive additional points for finishing in the top places depending on the strength of the field.
Australia is the only country outside of the European Union that has been endorsed by the EDGA.
Adrian Hewat, Manager – Participation Development at Golf Queensland, sees this as a very positive step for the Queensland Championship. “It is a great opportunity for those competing at a higher level to be recognised for their ability and commitment to their sport,” he said.
The Golf Queensland Inclusive Golf Championships started in 2011 as a come and try event and has now progressed to offering a variety of options for golfers with a disability at all levels of their development in the sport.
This year’s event will be held at Redcliffe Golf Club on Sunday 10 September with the endorsed 18 hole Single Stableford Championship teeing off at 12.15pm for golfers with a disability that have an official Golf Australia Handicap.
PGA Professionals will run a free Come and Try Clinic from 12.30pm-1.30pm at the driving range, where people with a disability who are new to the sport can access some great knowledge and professional skills.
A 4-person Ambrose competition, commencing at 2pm, will provide an opportunity for golfers with a disability to play an 8-hole friendly round with family, friends, carers and volunteers.
Hewat notes, “Golfers who wish to be officially ranked for their participation in the Single Stableford Championship will be required to be classified under the GA and EDGA definitions of impairments.”
Further information about these definitions can be found here.
To gain a GA/EDGA pass for approved events, golfers will need to complete and return an application signed by a medical practitioner/physiotherapist.
“Although official classification is not a requirement to participate in the Inclusive Golf Championships, those wanting to follow a higher level competition pathway will require classification,” said Hewat.
For queries regarding classification for golfers with a disability contact Christian Hamilton, National Inclusion Manager, Golf Australia on (03) 9626 5015 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to nominate for the 2017 Inclusive Golf Championships complete this form.