English golfer Aimi Bullock played in the footsteps of Padraig Harrington when she tackled the 18th hole at the Portugal Masters.
Aimi, a member at Woking and Sunningdale Ladies’ Golf Clubs, was one of six players selected to represent championship’s official charity, the European Disabled Golf Association.
The European Tour event – which was won by Harrington – raised at least 22,000 euros for the charity and the money will be used to help train professionals, therapists, teachers and community workers to introduce golf to children with disability.
Aimi, who has multiple sclerosis, joined the other five EDGA players at clinics where they showcased their talents – and challenged some of the pros to one-handed and one-legged putting contests.
The six golfers were also able to play the final hole immediately after the end of the third round. They were accompanied by suitably bibbed caddies and by a commentary on play broadcast over the loudspeakers.
Aimi said: “Playing the 18th was the highlight – and I did pretty good, avoiding the water unlike some of the guys. I hit a good drive, laid up, wedge into green and had a great two putt. I was very happy with bogey playing under spotlight for first time!
She added: “The experience was amazing but exhausting, it’s going take a while to recover.”
Aimi is one of five English golfers with disabilities who have shared their experiences to inspire more people to take up golf.
Captions: Aimi Bullock (top) at the Portugal Masters and below, with the other EDGA volunteers. (Images courtesy EDGA).