After 3 tight rounds, it all came down to the final hole, a par 5, between the South Africans and the Australians. Unbelievably, over the last four holes the Aussies managed to reverse a three shot deficit and claimed an incredible victory to win the first World Cup of Disabled Golf. For video click here.
Travelling as Team Manager/Captain as all golfers were remarkably off single figures I felt truly blessed to be part of an incredible event. Our players, Geoff Nicholas, Shane Luke and Graham Kenyon off scratch, 2 and 9 respectively were worthy winners and incredible competitors.
Two of the most unbelievable competitors were Reinard Schuhknecht from South Africa and Bob MacDermott from Canada
Reinard plays off scratch and is currently the long drive one arm champion globally with an incredible drive of 415 yards
Bob McDermott is a triple amputee left arm, left leg and right thumb who plays amazingly off 1
Zebula Golf Clubhouse, South Africa, home to the Inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf
Every one of the international competitors (from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, England, USA and South Africa) are elite athletes in their own right. It was a privilege to watch them perform and compete at the highest level. I look forward to returning next year.
A massive thank you should go to The NSW Golf Foundation which sponsored the trip to assist with expenses and to The South African Disabled Golf Associations which also covered flights and expenses for all competitors.