Hybrid Golf were delighted to be chosen by England Deaf Golf to organise and deliver the European Deaf Golf Open Championships in August 2017 at Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire. This was the 5th staging of the event, and the first time that the tournament had been staged in England.
The 54 hole tournament featured golfers from all over Europe, but it was England’s Paul Waring and Lydia Ingman who made home advantage count as they won their respective categories.
Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club member Waring, fresh from his appearance at the Deaflympics in Turkey earlier in the month, began as he meant to go on and took an early lead in the Men’s Strokeplay with a first round 75. He backed that up with further rounds of 72 and 71 to finish the event on 218. That 2 over par total was enough to put him 17 shots clear of second placed David Ewen, who pipped fellow countryman Steven Cafferty by virtue of his better final round score after the Scottish pair tied on 235.
Ewen and Cafferty combined with Steven Gardiner and Scott Ritchie to take the team prize – which was awarded to the nation with the best combined score at the end of the competition.
In the Ladies Strokeplay, Ingman from Tapton Park Golf Club, also led from wire to wire. Her three rounds of 85, 83 and 90 saw her finish on 258, 6 shots ahead of nearest challenger, Leonie Warringa of the Netherlands.
Other category winners included;
Men’s Nett Prize – Chris Flynn (England) – 219
Men’s Stableford – Andre Pasuram (Finland) – 95 points
Ladies Stableford – Stephanie Heitmann (Germany) – 88 points
Men’s Seniors Stableford – David Ewen (Scotland) – 94 points
The week was a great success and our thanks go to all of the golfers who took part and our host venue Ganton Golf Club, who ensured that the course was presented in superb condition.
Rod Oaten, Chair of England Deaf Golf, was delighted with the way the competition went and commented “Andy at Hybrid Golf, along with his team of organisers, did a faultless job to ensure the tournament was a success from start to finish. Huge thanks from all of us at England Deaf Golf”.