The R&A wants to encourage all golfers to play the game, regardless of any disability that they may have.
There are many organisations for disabled golfers throughout the world offering opportunities for disabled athletes to learn the game, to play and to compete.
EDGA (formerly known as the European Disabled Golf Association) has received approximately £150,000 from The R&A to support their activities in disability golf.
The R&A also provides investment to other organisations supporting disabled golf, including (in 2019) the Henrik Stenson Foundation, Handigolf Foundation and the South African Disabled Golf Association.
Official R&A Affiliate
EDGA became an official affiliate of The R&A in June 2018 and is the only disabled golf association affiliated to The R&A.
EDGA receives investment from The R&A across three areas: core funding, funding for classifier training for the new global rankings and funding for women and girls activity.
The R&A worked with EDGA on a Disability Symposium held in St Andrews in December 2017, while The R&A has also supported funding for filming at European Championships, along with the European Tour.
Monqiue Kalkman, a four-time Paralympic champion in wheelchair tennis and table tennis and now a highly-rated golfer, says: “Golf, for me, is more of a mix of competition with huge social and health benefits. All national federations should encourage and help disabled golfers, as it is a great sport to help them physically and mentally.”
Since 1 January 2019, The R&A and the USGA administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities (WR4GD), helping to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity within the sport.
The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability is administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) for both men and women via www.WAGR.com
The R&A, together with the USGA, has since the early 2000’s also maintained the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities.
View a case study on leading disability golfer Monique Kalkman here.
View more information on disability golf here.