Chiltern Forest plans inspirational and inclusive golf event

Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern Forest Golf Club is set to host a ground-breaking inclusive competition on Sunday.

The club, near Wendover, has been inspired by member Scott Richardson, a below-the-knee amputee, to organise a competition where each of the 21 teams will include a disabled golfer.

Club members and guests will play alongside some of the sport’s most successful and inspirational disabled players, raising disability awareness.

The event is being supported by England Golf to showcase the inclusive nature of golf and to raise funds for LimbPower for joint projects to get more amputees and physically impaired people into golf.

Among the 84 players entered is leg amputee and reigning World Disabled Longest Drive Champion Mike Gays from Cambridge, who recently claimed the title in Las Vegas by driving a golf ball 358 yards!

Scott Richardson is joint organiser of the event and commented: “Thanks to its handicap system, golf is a perfect sport for people with disabilities.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a one arm golfer or a rubbish one-legged golfer, you can compete on a completely level playing field with anyone, disabled or otherwise. I don’t think there is another sport where you can do that.”

Scott summarises his involvement in the sport and why he is so keen to host this competition. “Golf is really accessible. Your disability very quickly goes out of the window when you play against ‘non-adaptive’ golfers, especially if you beat them!”

He added “When I first joined Chiltern Forest, I didn’t know anyone, but very soon I found I was amongst friends.”

With a full entry, Chiltern Forest Captains, Mark Williams and Maria Darriba, endorse the event’s aims. “We are proud and privileged to welcome all participants to our club, and look forward to cementing this exceptional event next year,” said Mark Williams.