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Sidey British Open 2021

Posted: November 23, 2021

The Sidey British Open has just concluded at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth, after 54-holes of golf for people with disabilities . . . .  and the event was completed almost entirely in glorious sunshine!!!  How many golf events have ever taken place in Scotland, and in September, where the main complaint was “bit too hot for me out there today”.

Over 70 golfers teed off on day one of the Open Championship, with players from across Scotland and its Islands and throughout the UK and Ireland and included SDGC members with all types of disabilities including cerebral Palsy, amputees of all descriptions, blind and vision impaired, MS, wheelchair users and many other and varied conditions.

“The main objective for all our disabled golf competitions is to get everyone out there on the course and enjoying their golf.  We all know that the game can be tricky if your so called able bodied , but our members are out there proving that a disability is not a barrier to playing the game”.

One element of the first day consisted of a team game with the Strathmore members and this was won by Team 9, Jim Gales, Jim Thomson and Martin Lowe, averaging 43 points and in second place was Team 2, made up of John Pennycott, Paul Higgins, Iain Butchart and Dawn Butchart, who averaged 39 points.

The SDGC would like to thank everyone at Strathmore from the greenkeepers, whose course was in excellent condition and with true and steady greens, the Management for their continuing support and all the catering and clubhouse staff, who gave us a friendly welcome each day and provided a very high standard menu and service.

The results of the 54-hole Sidey British Open Championship for golfers with disabilities were: Winning the Sidey Trophy, the overall nett Champion was Jim Gales MBE from Scotland, with 193, Runner Up was Paul Daley of England with 204 and in third place Greg Jackson of England with 206.

The SDGC would like to make special mention of our long-term members and established players at the Open, who looked after our new players.

“excellent help and encouragement, very much appreciated by other players and the organisers.

Winning the Isle of Harris Trophy, the British Open Scratch Champion was Andy Gardiner of England, with 218, Runner Up was Chris Paterson of Scotland with 221 and in third spot was Jonny Jones of England with 229.

Winning the Caledonia Trophy, the British Open Stableford Champion was Carol Brill of Eire, with 119 points, Runner up was Colin Leslie of Scotland with

113 points and in third spot was Jim Hamill of Scotland with 109.