Scotland to host the British Open & “Auld Enemy” in September

The SDGC is delighted to announce that, between the 7th and 15th of September, Scotland will host the British Open and the Phoenix Cup, between Scotland & England, the Auld Enemy!

Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 September will see dozens of disabled golfers from around the world, take on the challenges of the Strathmore Golf Centres, Ranneleroch Course, for the coveted Sidey British Open title.

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The Open will be played over 54-holes with Champions being announced for Scratch, Stableford and overall
net players, a truly fully inclusive event for golfers with disabilities. An event supported by Sidey Ltd since 2008. Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 September will see the Scots and English teams travel to Elmwood Golf Course to play three days of traditional match play golf in what will be the 27th playing of the disabled Ryder/Solheim Cup. The event is being supported by the Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman of Fife Council. The SDGC is also hosting

a HUB at Elmwood just prior to the competition, where several PGA Teaching Professionals will provide tuition for anyone of any age, with any type of disability or serious health condition that interferes with the playing of the game.

“If they fancy giving golf a go, or just want to watch the two teams battle it out, get in touch?”

Jim Gales MBE, the Founder of the SDGC said, “this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the SDGC and Scotland, while hosting these two highly prestigious competitions for disabled players. Previous winners of the Open, have come from places as far afield as South Africa, England the US and of course Scotland and the team international has hosted well over 700 players from 18 nations.

Disabled players who wish to enter the Open, can do so after 8 June, when all the details will be on our website and qualification for the Scots and English teams is well under way through the Order of Merit Tables in each country. September will be a very busy, but exciting time for our golfers”.

John Riordan, of Dewsbury and Captain of the English Team said, “I’m very proud to be able to lead the team up to Scotland this year to play at Elmwood, having lost the last Auld Enemies Cup to the Scots at Oulton Hall Resort. We are looking to take the Cup back home with us on the 16th September!. Although whoever takes the Cup away, the biggest winner will be disabled golf”.

Jim Gales of Springfield will Captain Team Scotland, assisted by Vice Captain, Adam Storrie of Fauldhouse.

John Riordan of Dewsbury will Captain the English team, assisted by his Vice Captain, Paul Daley of Bolton.

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