The Australian Amputee Open is about to go global.
The AAO will become the first Australian event to be sanctioned by the European Disabled Golf Association when it tees off next week at Melbourne’s Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club.
The EDGA’s “Challenge” status affords competitors at this year’s AAO the chance to receive ranking points for the largest ranking system; the EDGA’s Ranking for Golfers with Disability (R4GD), shared by 20 EDGA member countries including Australia.
EDGA president Tony Bennett said it was a positive for the region and an important step to connect the game for golfers with disability globally.
“We are delighted to see Australia adding to the EDGA schedule of events and ultimately Australian golfers contributing to the rankings,” Bennett said.
“Australia is renowned for producing great players and we were delighted to welcome Australia as a member country of EDGA in 2016 and now to have players from this part of the world in the R4GD.”
GA national inclusion manager Christian Hamilton said the Australian Amputee Open was an ideal fit for EDGA badging.
“It has been great working with the board of Amputee Golf Australia who are always looking for opportunities to promote the game and provide international pathways for competition for its members,” Hamilton said.
“The 2017 Open will boast a strong field including previous World Amputee Open winners Shane Luke and Geoff Nicholls.”
Amputee Golf Australia president Graham Kenyon said it was a tremendous opportunity to work more closely with Golf Australia in creating opportunities for its members.
“We have been working with Golf Australia on how we can use everything from coaching programs to tournament initiatives like this to promote the game for amputees and to add value to our membership,” Kenyon said.
The Australian Amputee Open tees off at the Greg Norman-designed Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club from March 28-31.
People with a limb difference interested in Australian Amputee Golf can contact Graham Kenyon, president of Amputee Golf Australia, at email@example.com