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23rd May 2015

* * * * * BREAKING NEWS * * * * *

England Deaf Golf as designated hosts announce that the 4 Nations Deaf Golf event in England 2015 at East Sussex National is cancelled.

This is due to uneven number of players that each country could provide for the matchplay event which made it unsustainable and the 4 countries not being able to come to a total agreement for an alternative format.

Following the cancellation of 4 Nations 2015, England Deaf Golf and Scottish Deaf Golf Association has agreed to revert back to the Auld Enemies Cup last played in England in August 2009. 

The Auld Enemies Cup 2015 will now take place at Lochgreen in Troon, Scotland with both teams providing a minimum of 10 players, playing in pairs. 

Saturday 26 September

Fourballs matches from 1.00pm 

Sunday 27 September

Greensomes matches from 11.00am

Please let us know of your interest in taking part and we will add your names to the provisional list to the playing captains both England Deaf Golf and Scottish Deaf Golf Association will appoint in due course.

Best regards,

England Deaf Golf & Scottish Deaf Golf Association

 

4th April 2015

With the 2015 golf season already commencing, England Deaf Golf is delighted to announce that the PRG brand will be providing stylish PomPom head covers to the England Deaf Golf squad. The company introduced the retro PomPom head covers back into the market about seven years ago and has become a sought after brand.

This new deal will be to provide our squad members with stylish red and white PomPom head covers sporting the logo and name of the England Deaf Golf. The covers will be on display at various golf events throughout the year and have also found their way onto the clubs of our EDG patrons Lee Westwood and Tony Jacklin.

This year, a team of 14 will be going to Norway to defend the European Deaf Golf Championship after our Mens squad finished runners up in the World Deaf Golf Championship in Michigan last year.

“With more good players coming on board all the time, the EDG squad has been going from strength to strength in recent years” said EDG sponsorship officer Jay Stally. “We’ve all been big fans of PRG’s PomPom covers and we are proud to show off our bespoke models at our tournaments.”

PRG products are stocked in high-end golf facilities including over 60% of the top 100 courses in the UK & Ireland. “We are equally keen to support organisations like England Deaf Golf, so when I first heard of the incredible work and enthusiasm of EDG members, I was more than pleased to be able to help them out. They have long-term goals to work with partners to create a world-class system of golf for deaf and hard of hearing people in England, and we are delighted to now be one of those partners.”

Look out for our Patron lee Westwood at the masters or the World Cadillac Golf Championships as we hope he will take the opportunity to promote EDG by using our branded PomPoms!

PRG’s range of bespoke accessories www.prgolfonline.com

11th September 2014

Paul Waring, the current England and European Deaf Golf Champion and member of the England team that was runner up in the World Deaf Golf Team Championship, has become Club Champion at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, in Suffolk, for the first time.  

 78 players took part in the championship which was played over 36 holes on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August. After the first round Paul was sharing the lead with Steve Sayers and Rhodri Harston (who is a current Suffolk County team mate of Paul’s, and who was captain of the Wales Boys team in 2009) all of them having recorded a one over par round of 73.

 In the second round the three played together in the final group and while Sayers and Harston both scored 77, Paul maintained his form to record another score of 73 for a combined total of 146, winning by four shots.  He was a popular winner and was greeted with loud applause when the John Cook trophy (named after a previous 8-time winner of the club championship) was presented to him in a crowded clubhouse.

10th August 2014

The website has undergone a major upheaval to follow the change from 'English Deaf Golf Association' to England Deaf Golf. This appears to be, and is a more modern approach to running England Deaf Golf and also further recognition by England Golf and its partners.

Many thanks for your patience while the site undergoes it transition period. In the meantime, if you have any news relating to England Deaf Golf, then please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@englishdeafgolfassociation.com.

10th March 2014

Spencer Neal from the Leicester Deaf Golf Society in hosting a Charity Shotgun Open to raise money for the Royal School for the Deaf in Derby and for the Alzheimers Society. This event is a four ball better ball stableford event in teams of 4. Application form can be downloaded here along with details of how to enter/pay. There will also be a dinner evening in which John Smith, the famous Deaf comedian will be attending to provide a show. There will be a 3 course meal, a dance, raffle, auction and many more happening through the night.

Hinckley Golf Club is set in a rural location to the south west of Leicester. Golf was first played in in 1894 on the original 9 hole Burbage course. In 1983, the current 18 hole course was open. With over 4,000 trees planted in 1983, it is sure to be a picturesque course that would provide a challenge to any golfer that plays. Find out what is is all about, get along and support some worthy courses. You won't be disappointed. Deadline is March 28th.

9th March 2014

9th March saw Craig Jones and Jacqueline Barnes-Jones descend on Twickenham to watch the England v Wales 6 Nations match. Craig was the successful auction winner for the pair of tickets to see the match. England beat Wales with a score of 29 - 18. We all hope they enjoyed their day and we can't wait to hear their stories!

From left to right - Craig and Jacqueline, Craig in front of team bus, Craig with Rhys Long (Wales Head of Performance Analysis), Craig with the Twickenham Statue.

The English Deaf Golf Association would like to personally thank the Wales Rugby Union for the donation of the tickets in order to help us to raise much needed funds.

If you would like to make a donation to the EGDA, please click here.

16th Febuary 2014

Congratulations are in tall order for Peter Baker for becoming the first known Deaf person to become Club Captain of a mainstream club. Peter, of Ellesmere Port Golf Club, has been voted in to be 2014 Captain. He has been a member of the club since 2001 and was Vice-Captain in 2013. Over the years at his club, he was involved in course maintenance and attending meetings on behalf of the club.

His Captaincy duties this year will include attending competitions such as Captain V Captain, Cheshire V Merseyside, Charity Golf Days to raise funds for Claire House and Deaf Children as well as other major competitions at his club and surrounding areas. He will be involved at the forthcoming British Open at Royal Liverpool this July 2014. He has been a member of the English Deaf Golf Association for many years and represented England at the 2008 World Deaf Golf Championships in Perth, Australia.

He would recommend any deaf golfers interested in being Captain of their club to join the Club Committee with the aid of a Communication Support Worker or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. When asked about this role, Peter said 'It is a marvellous opportunity, a priviledge and such a rewarding post when you get to know the golfers at your club and surrounding Community'.

The English Deaf Golf Association would like to extend warmest congratulations to Peter Baker on his success and wish him all the best.

12th January 2014

The teams are starting to get together following the successful selection for the Mens, Seniors and Ladies event in the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships. The 10th event will see the best amatuer deaf golfers descend on Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI to compete in the World Deaf Golf Championships.

Mens team - Waring, Stally, Burris, Forrest, Murphy, Anderson and Roberts

Seniors team - Le Page, Whalley, Wilkinson, Leishman, Bridges

Ladies - Cross

As these players are self funding and require the support of those around them, the English Deaf Golf Association are hunting grateful donations to help offset the costs for these players. It is estimated that to take all these players to USA, it will cost £20,000 to send the whole team including Tournament, hotel and flight fees. All donations can be made to http://www.justgiving.com/EnglishDeafGolf-USA2014/ Be sure to help and dig deep if you can!

22nd November 2013

The rules of golf according to the Royal and Ancient (R&A) is something that all golfers should be familiar with. It is always difficult to know all the rules, but certainly the basics should be known. Have a look at this video with Padraig Harrington who discusses the basic rules in golf. It is also done with BSL interpretation which makes it all the more worthwhile. Click here to see the 11 minute video.

4th November 2013

Deaf golfers from all around Australia descended on 21st Australian Deaf Golf Championships held at Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club, Western Australia, 25th to 27th October 2013. A total of 36 players competed (31 men and 5 ladies) from 5 different states. Many congratulations to Jack McCleod for his 71, 69, 69 scores to establish a new 54 hole record and become the 2013 Champion in a closely fought battle with Jack Besley. For further results and more information, please click here.

3rd November 2013

Congratulations are in tall order for young deaf golf sensation Paul Waring after winning the final EDGA event of 2013 - the Autumn Charity Event held at Princes GC, 19th to 20th October. This event was held over 36 holes played on the Himalayas/Shores links. This success has allowed Paul to clean sweep through 2013 and become the holder of Spring Tournament, EDGA Open, Autumn Charity event and also be crowned European Individual Champion. A very successful year for the young golfer from Felixstowe and stands him in good shape to battle with the best at the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships in USA, July.. The EDGA would like to extend warmest congratulations and future success to Paul.

6th October 2013

Tony Jacklin CBE on Strictly Come Dancing!

Golfing legend and EDGA Patron Tony Jacklin CBE is starring in this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing. He will be the first golfer ever to appear on the show and is dancing with Aliona Viliani.

Hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, the show is now in its 11th series and its popularity continues to sweep across the nation. 'I am delighted to be appearing on the nation's biggest TV program and look forward to the challenges it will bring!' Tony said.

Please on behalf of the EDGA, vote for our patron Tony Jacklin which will help to increase exposure. Tony needs our support!

For more information about Tony Jacklin and Strictly Come Dancing, follow @jacklin_tony_on_twitter or contact Benny Lawrence on 08453313031 or email blawrence@championsukplc.com.

2nd October 2013

23rd September saw EDGA member Martin Broomfield compete in the Disabled One Day International against Wales at Pontypridd Golf Club. England mounted a successful win against Wales flying high after beating Scotland away earlier in the year. There were a whole range of players between the ages of 12 to 63 with a range of disabilities including amputees, MS, polio, stroke survivors, deaf, spinal/mobility issues and intellectual difficulties. Played over 18 holes, the first 9 holes saw teams compete in fourball betterball format. Closely fought, and involving all nine holes for a result, England edged Wales for 4.5 to 3.5 advantage at the turn. The second 9 holes saw 12 single matches in which England shared the 1st 6 points with Wales. However, a resurged rally cry saw England finish the job and become inaugral winners of the 'Oldfield Trophy' on Welsh soil. England won 11-7. Graeme Robertson (England Disabled Captain) says, 'I am hugely proud of my team, in June we beat the Scots in the Auld Enemies Cup at Kinross GC, and today we brought in some new and younger players alongside our experienced players, and still managed to win in Wales.'

Fantastic result and a great day was had by all. If you want to read the full article, please click here.

10th September 2013

Following the England Team's success at the 2013 European Deaf Golf Open Championships held at the Kytaja Golf, nr Hyvinkaa, Finland, we are now proud to announce that the English Deaf Golf Association players have got a mention on the England Golf website. This is something that has not happened before and we certainly hope that it would not be the last. This certainly raises standards and morale ready for the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships in USA next July.

Click here to view the full article on the England Golf website.

1st September 2013

ENGLAND 'A' WINS THE 2013 EUROPEAN DEAF GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, KYTAJA GOLF, FINLAND

Massive congratulations to the England 'A' team on winning the 2013 European Deaf Golf Championships on the countrys debut. The team of Mike Burris, Jay Stally and Paul Waring led by Captain Martin Anderson successfully launched good scores to take 1st place in the event. After day 1, England were leading Denmark by 7 strokes and Sweden by 12 strokes. A resurgence in form from the Swedes saw some fantastic golf and level the 2 day scores with England. Countback was involved to include the 4th player in the team and with the 'Never say never' attitude of Jay Stally, England clinched the title.

1st England

2nd Sweden

3rd Denmark

A fantastic performance from Paul Waring saw him shoot his way to be crowned the individual European Deaf champion. In a tight battle with Hans Elgaard (Denmark) over both rounds and Andreas Nilssn (Sweden) during round 2, it was Paul that saw it through. Scores of 72+79=151 (+7) was enough to win by 3 strokes. Having won the Spring Tournament, EDGA Open and the European Championships, he surely know has his eye set on winning the individual World Deaf Golf Championships in USA next year.

It was not just the England 'A' team that played fantastic but the England 'B' team also produced to finish a very credible 4th on their debut. With the team of Mark Forrest, Jason Albutt, Ben Stephens and Peter Baker, a struggle ensued on the 1st day and opened scoring of 88, 92 and 94 to contribute to the team scores. A resurgence in pride, and the rallying of the 'British Bulldog' ethic, the 2nd round saw some fantastic scores of 80, 84 and 84. An improvement of a massive 26 shots is certainly not something to dismiss.

All the congratulations to all the players - Martin Anderson (c), Mike Burris, Paul Waring, Jay Stally, Peter Baker, Jason Albutt (v/c), Mark Forrest and Ben Stephens.

2015 will see the England team defend the title in Norway near Oslo. Further information on this will be provided nearer the time.

For full round scores over both days, please click here.

30th August 2013

Tee times for the 2nd round on 31st August 2013 are as follows starting from the earliest England tee time.

1200 - Jason Albutt (playing with J. Ala-Marttila and M. Mustonen)

1209 - Mark Forrest (playing with P. Dalton and A. Alander)

1218 - Ben Stephens and Peter Baker (playing with David Barber)

1254 - Martin Anderson, Jay Stally and Mike Burris

1303 - Paul Waring (playing with H.Elgaard and A. Hjellegjerde)

The team scores are as follows.

1st England A 232

2nd Denmark 239

3rd Sweden A 244

4th Finland A 270

5th England B 274

6th Norway 279

7th Finland B 288

8th Sweden B 297

Further information on the players score contributions can be found by clicking here.

30th August 2013

After the 1st round, there has been some good scores coming in despite the very tough pin positions and lightning greens. Click here for full scorecard and leaderboard results after round one.

29th August 2013

After a fantastic experience by all the players on the Kytaja Golf North West course, the draw has been made for the 1st round on 30th August 2013. First, let me tell you about the course. With no blind corners or doglegs, every green can be viewed from the tee but do not let this draw you in to a false sense of security. It really is a challenging course. With bunkers littering the fairways, the rough playing harder than hitting out of dense woodland and water striding down the side of fairways, it is a sight to behold as Kytaja took the players breath away. With greens running at approximately 13-15 on the stimpmeter, it certainly is no pushover for the best. Only just recently, the same course held the Finnish Open and the best score over all 4 days was only -1. A challenge for us mere mortals.

The tee times and the group names are as below for 30th August 2013 (Friday 1st round).

0845 - Peter Baker (playing with W. Waris and J. Hammensfors)

0854 - Ben Stephens and Mark Forrest (playing with J. Fransson)

0903 - Jason Albutt (playing with J. Kusk)

0921 - Martin Anderson (playing with G. Wahlgren and D.Barber)

0930 - Mike Burris and Jay Stally (playing with S. Clausen)

0939 - Paul Waring (playing with A. Nilssn and H. Elgaard)

The leaderboard can be viewed here and I will also provide results on this website. If you would like to follow, or comment on the European Championships on twitter use #DeafEuro2013 as a trend hashtag.

28th August 2013 - PAUL WARING BATTLED WELL IN THE 87th BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT HOYLAKE GC, 13-14th July 2013.

Paul Waring from Felixstowe Ferry GC near Felixstowe entered the 87th Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) and Wallasey GC in his first attempt. The field comprised of 252 players from around the world. The first two days of competition sees all golfers play both Hoylake and Wallasey in Strokeplay format before the field is reduced to top 64 and ties. The final four days is played as Matchplay knockout to determine the Boys Amateur Champion.

Paul battled well despite feeling quite nervous to start with, but with a wise head on young shoulders it did not take him long to settle and create solid golf. Despite getting a quadruple bogey on the 17th at Hoylake, he turned in a respectable 80 having been +3 at the turn.

2nd round at Wallasey saw him score fantastically well producing 14 pars, 1 birdie and 3 bogeys in a round of 74 (+2). Final score standings placed him at +10 for the two rounds and only just missed the cut by two shots finishing tied in 87th.

A commendable performance in his debut and certainly one to watch in the future. For full scores and results click here.

28th August 2013

England touched base in Helsinki-Vantaa where all the England players met before being transferred to stay in the Scandic Riihimaki hotel. On arrival, several players went along to the course to sample and examine it prior to the practice round tomorrow.

Ben Stephens, Peter Baker, Martin Anderson and Jason Albutt are teeing off on a Shotgun start at 0830 (0630 GMT) whereas the remaining players - Mike Burris, Mark Forrest, Jay Stally and Paul Waring are teeing off in the afternoon at 1430 (1230 GMT).

Scores will be updated on a daily basis through Twitter and also on here.

23rd August 2013

EDGA Autumn Event at Princes Golf Club, Sandwich on 19th to 20th October 2013. This event is open to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing and Disabled golfers. 36 hole strokeplay and stableford events with prizes up for grabs in all categories (Deaf, Hearing and Disabled). There would also be longest drives and nearest the pins on both days.

EDGA member - £125

Non-EDGA member - £135 (all categories)

Provisional prices are based on 36 holes, Auction dinner, and 'Bed and Breakfast' in the Lodge accommodation.

Non-golfer - £95 (Hotel, Dinner and Breakfast)

There will also be an Auction dinner to raise much needed funds for the England team to go to the 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships, Traverse City, Michigan, USA. There will be an online silent auction starting mid-September as well as the main auction in the evening with items from world famous golfers and other sponsors. If you only wish to come to the Auction dinner, tickets are £30 per person.

Any further information you require, please email info@englishdeafgolfassociation.com

22nd August 2013

It is only 6 more days before the two England teams fly out to Kytaja Golf, Finland for the 2013 European Deaf Golf Championships. This is the first time that the English Deaf Golf Association have sent Elite players over to compete in the European Championships. Contested in both a team and individual format, it is played over 36 holes in teams of 4 (minimum 3). The best 3 scores on the day contribute to the team score.

The players going in the England 'A' team are: Paul Waring, Jay Stally, Mike Burris and Martin Anderson (c). In the England 'B' team, we have: Jason Albutt (vc), Mark Forrest, Peter Baker and Ben Stephens.

Best of luck to the players and keep updated via Facebook here or follow us on Twitter - @englishdeafgolf.

19th August 2013

5th August 2013 saw the England Development team arrive at the Vale Resort for the 2013 Four Nations Cup. The team consisted of: Jay Stally, Peter Baker, Kevin Lee, Michael Roberts, Paul Whitehouse and Mark Murphy in the Men's team; Richard Le Page and John Leishman in the Seniors; Donna Cross and Jacqueline Barnes-Jones in the Ladies. The Four Nations tournament is the Deaf/Hard of Hearing version of the Home Internationals with players from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland competing every two years, while rotating host countries.

A very stong Ireland took the Cup home followed by England in 2nd place. A well fought battle between Wales and Scotland ultimately decided that Wales finish 3rd and Scotland 4th. The Seniors and Ladies played fantastically well, winning all their matches over 3 days to take home the Seniors and Ladies cup. Overall, England took home 3 trophies out of a potential 4 (Seniors, Ladies and England versus Scotland Biennial Cup)

For more full results of the tournament including England day-by-day scoring, click here.

14th August 2013

Saturday 21st September sees Teeside Deaf Golf Society (TDGS) hold their annual TDGS Open to be held at the exclusive Wynyard Golf Club, County Durham (near Sedgfield off the A1). This is the 5th year that they are holding the Open and it proves to go from one success to another. This is a fantastic opportunity for any Deaf/Hard of Hearing golfers to attend. At only £45 with coffee, tea and bacon sandwiches on arrival followed by 18 holes of golf and a fantastic prize spread covering three different groups, it certainly is an Open not to be missed! Deadline is 14th September 2013.

For more details on this event, click here. Get into it, and we will see you there!

 


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