World no.1 enters English Disability Open

George Groves

The English Disability Open will be run by England Golf for the first time this year – and it’s already attracting a great field.

Early entrants for the September championship include George Groves, 19, who is the world number one in the disability golf gross rankings, WR4GD.

His challengers will include players from France, the Netherlands and Wales, as well as competitors from across England. And, with three months to go to the closing date for entries, their numbers are set to swell.

George, 19, has a paralysed left arm as a result of Erb’s Palsy but he’s played golf since he was five. He is now a three-handicapper, playing at Horne Park and Addington Palace golf clubs in Surrey. “I don’t know any different really, so I just play how I can,” he said.

His hard work and practice paid off last year when he reached the top of the world rankings. “To be the best in the world was buzzing. I never thought it would happen, especially when there are so many good players,” he commented.

George is a definite for the English Disability Open at Stoke by Nayland, from September 7-8, but, due to a lack of funding, he may have to review his other events.

“It’s hard trying to find people to help with funding and I’ve not managed to get any help as yet this year so I won’t be able to play as many events as I usually do,” he said.  “As soon as I get some more funds then I can keep trying to keep my title or get back there, but I couldn’t be happier to achieve it.”

He’s enjoyed the opportunities of disability golf and he’d recommend it, but says: “It’s great to have been a part of all the events in the last two years. But, you have to enjoy the sport to get the best out of it, so it will be down to the individual person.”

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