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New book highlights disability golf

A unique new book entitled 'MULLIGAN' has today been launched at the British Masters at Hillside GC, focusing on disability golf.

Through EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association), the book features 18 stories of players, most of whom have fought back from personal trauma and found, thanks to golf and their fellow golfers, that there is always a brighter day on life’s fairways.

In the pages of ‘MULLIGAN – tough love and second chances’ readers can experience the highs and lows of disability, illness, love, and second chances: how hope, courage and the opportunity to feel well and express yourself through golf makes for a combination that can improve, and even save lives.

The players featured come from 16 countries, with different impairments. There are players with leg amputation, single-arm players, wheelchair golfers, stroke survivors, PTSD sufferers and more, all ‘Golfers First’ who refuse to be defined by disability. The book has been written by Tony Bennett and Ben Evans from EDGA.

Talent and hard work

The stories of Aleš starting life in a hospital waste basket, Caroline telling her surgeon, “When you take my leg, you are going to give me life,” and Shlomo taking his girls to the beach, dragging himself to the water’s edge. There is Stewart, battling back after serving in Afghanistan, Lucas loving what golf offers after being shot eight times in the back, and Monique fulfilling her ambition to win gold medals through talent and hard work.

“I have had the opportunity to watch the world’s best players compete against each other on a regular basis,” said Keith Pelley, CEO, European Tour. “Equally as striking, however, is the ability shown by the men and women, some of whom you will find in this book, who compete just as fiercely and with the same degree of sportsmanship.”

MULLIGAN is issued with a unique ‘Give and Gift’ option, which ensures that hospitals, rehabilitation centres and organisations who care for people with disability have free access to the stirring words found in MULLIGAN. For every donation of 25€ or more, EDGA will give a book to a hospital, rehabilitation / medical centre, or organisation concerned with golf for the disabled.

EDGA affiliation

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 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.

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.

Disability rankings

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.

All donations to ‘MULLIGAN’ will be used to spread awareness of disability golf and support golfers with impairment. For more information or to donate please visit www.edgagolf.com/book or contact tb@edgagolf.com or call +44 (0) 800 8611675

Meanwhile, it has been announced that two tournaments for Golfers with Disability will be run alongside two of this season’s biggest Rolex Series events on the European Tour.

EDGA tournaments

In conjunction with EDGA, the 36-hole EDGA Scottish Open and the 36-hole EDGA Dubai Finale will be played on the weekends of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Ten male golfers taken from the WR4GD will have the opportunity at the EDGA Scottish Open from 13 – 14 July to tackle the same course set up as the European Tour professionals while the EDGA Dubai Finale will be of a similar model except the tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday (22 – 23 November), with eight players eligible for that event.

View more information on disability golf here.