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Inspirational Stories of Disabled Golfers: Pierre Massard

Like many ambitious sportsmen, Pierre Massard has a dream that one day he will compete in the Olympic games. While talent and good fortune may be the barrier for most golfers to achieve this goal, Pierre is slightly different. He is 62-years-old and has been paraplegic since he fell down a mountain 7 years ago.

 

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Disabled Golf: The Ryder Cup Event  that, You’ve Never Heard of...

No, we’re not talking about the President’s Cup competition that team America have just won once again, nor are we talking about the brainchild of Samuel Ryder. Instead, we are talking about an event that deserves equal attention and acclaim within the press as these two illustrious events.

From 7th to the 9th October 2011, at the Slaley Hall resort in Hexham near Northumberland, two great golfing organisations got together for the first event of its kind. A team of English golfers from the Disabled Golf Society took on a team of Scottish golfers, organised by the Scottish Disabled Golf Partnership, in a 3-day “Ryder Cup style” event.


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A Golfing Lesson from a Disabled Golfer

It is fair to say that at our local courses, coming across a fellow golfer who clearly has some kind of disability is a relatively rare phenomenon. I do know that there are locals with disabilities who play but on my all-too-rare sorties out onto the golf course to frighten the local wildlife, I seldom encounter anybody other than other able-bodied golfers.

The one marked contrast to that occurred several years ago when my brother and I were playing our local course. We had just completed the first eleven holes and were walking across from the 11th tee to the 12th, which facilitated a five minute walk across a couple of roads (our local course is in two distinct areas, separated by a small local road). As we arrived on the 12th tee, we could see a disabled golfer finishing off at the second hole just behind us.

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