Autistic Swedish player Erika Malmberg savoured the historic moment of striking the first shot in the championship at 8.30am, hitting her drive over 200 yards down the middle.
Describing the emotional moment Malmberg said, “It was amazing, an honour to hit the first tee shot ever in a G4D Open – unspeakable. When I saw on Monday that I would be the first one to play, I got nervous about the tee shot. This morning, my heart raced a lot and being there and getting my name called up, I just tried to step into my bubble.
"Then I made probably the golf shot of my life, 200 metres straight down the middle. It was such an amazing feeling.”
About The G4D Open
The championship, held in partnership between The R&A and the DP World Tour and supported by EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association), is one of the most inclusive ever staged, featuring nine sport classes across multiple impairment groups.
Amateur and professional golfers are competing in the 54-hole stroke play gross competition (10–12 May) across the sport classes which cover various categories in Standing, Intellectual, Visual and Sitting. An overall winner will be determined at the end of the three rounds on Friday, along with an opposite sex winner and a gross prize in each category.
The establishment of The G4D Open follows on from the inclusion of the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities into the Rules of Golf from the start of this year and The R&A and USGA’s on-going administration of the WR4GD.
Spectators are welcome to attend The G4D Open free of charge.