Sunday 22 September 2019

Ballymena boost for blind golfers

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Last week's innovative ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women proved a major boost for three representatives from Irish Blind Golf.

The ethos of Tournament Sponsor ISPS Handa - the International Sports Promotion Society founded by Dr Haruhisa Handa - is the Power of Sport and the ability to break down barriers and provide opportunity for all.

And so Patrick Morgan, Erin Cooper and Ed Maguire took full advantage of the chance to beat the pro at Galgorm Castle's par-three seventh during the opening round of the Challenge Tour event.

Aided by his guide, 24-handicapper Patrick hit the green but lost to the pro, Erin then missed the green on the right before seasoned campaigner Ed pulled it off.

"I had a wonderful guide in Michelle Hughes," said Maguire, who plays his golf at Knightsbrook.

"Michelle knows I fade the ball, so she said, 'I'm setting you up 15 yards left of the water to come back to the green'. She said 'Ed, you can go now' so I swung and the ball made it onto the green."

Maguire, who is a key volunteer for Irish Blind Golf, is grateful for the support ISPS Handa give to all sport and especially blind golf.

"The opportunity we got today through ISPS Handa to play a small part in the actual tournament gave a whole new dimension to the word fun. It was a simply wonderful experience."

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