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Enrique Martin Duran – Director of Education – Spanish Golf Federation (REFG)

By EDGA / 2022-11-16
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Coach education testimonial EDGA

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Tom Doherty

By EDGA / 2022-11-02
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Inclusive golf? “Let’s spread the waves, let’s move those barriers,” says Ireland’s Tom Doherty.

Talking with Tom, it is clear he understands that the camaraderie and togetherness that can be found at an inclusive golf event can create a great sense of community for those taking part.

This man from Killarney ¬¬– which is a fine tourist town in beautiful Kerry in Ireland’s south, where the locals are much more likely to say, ‘how are you?’ than ‘who are you?’ – is passionate about community. And, just recently in 2022, after the Covid couple of years, he has begun to find himself on a mission to spread the vibe about how golf can help others, including those with a disability; physically, mentally, and socially. You just need to remove the barriers, he says, and welcome new golfers with some sincerity.

Doherty has seen that Ireland as a nation is taking progressive strides to make the game more inclusive; this year he believes a little personal mission of his own can be perhaps something of a companion piece, on a local level in the Kerry region.

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Highlights: G4D Tour @ Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters

By EDGA / 2022-10-12
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Ben Tullipan

By EDGA / 2022-10-04
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“Life is 10 per cent what happens to you, and 90 per cent what you make it.”This is the mindset of Australian Ben Tullipan, who adds: “If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.”

Late in the evening of the 12th October 2002, a then 27-year-old Ben Tullipan was a young businessman importing furniture from Bali, Indonesia, for his homewares shop on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Ben had always seen himself as a ‘people person’. He liked to get to know the folk around him and enjoyed chatting to anyone and everyone. His friends knew him as a very positive, happy-go-lucky guy… these aspects of his personality may well have saved his life in the days, weeks, months and years following the Bali Bombings of 2002.

Ben Tullipan walked into the Sari Club in the tourist district of Kuta, to buy a bottle of water moments before a one-tonne car bomb exploded in a parked van nearby (it was the largest of the three bombs that night) – the blasts killing 202 people (including 88 fellow Australians) and injuring 209. Ben says that while he would get a second chance at life; a great many other people did not.

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EDGA @BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth

By EDGA / 2022-09-30
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EDGA @BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth

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Jeroen Coumou

By EDGA / 2022-09-29
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Jeroen Coumou is a Dutchman living in Rotterdam. When we interviewed him to ask what golf means to him, his warm and approachable personality was immediately apparent, as was a thoughtfulness and calm authority. Clearly, at ease in being honest and open with strangers, he will at the same time fix you in the eye as he speaks and listens, learning a little about you in return. He has the characteristics which you would hope for among the best in his profession. He is a teacher.

Jeroen tells us that losing his left leg at 17 led, indirectly, to a fantastic career he wouldn’t change for the world – guiding young people forwards. He is a history teacher always looking forward for his students. And at the end of a tough week teaching his classes, he says he changes one stressful situation for another. He goes to play golf. He is joking of course, something which comes to him easily on the golf course.

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G4D Tour @ BMW PGA Championship Highlights

By EDGA / 2022-09-15
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The Juan Postigo Arce Story

By EDGA / 2022-09-05
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Juan Postigo Arce has become one of the most recognisable faces among golfers with a disability anywhere in the world, and is much admired for the way he plays the game and the positive message he conveys: that golf can be for everyone.

The low-scoring Spaniard certainly deserves the acclaim in which he is held. At the time of writing, he stands at number 3 in the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD), where after being one of the stand-out EDGA players of recent years, he came back from injuries to win, among others, the 2021 Madrid Disabled Open and the 2021 European Championship for Golfers with Disability (European Golf Association); this for the third successive time.

Unlike many other EDGA amputee players, Juan Postigo eschews the use of a prosthetic for his right leg. It has long-been second nature to use his crutches in both life, and on the golf course. These assist him as he walks purposefully up to his golf ball on the tee – at the last moment dropping down the crutches to make his stance, on his left leg, before powering another shot away down the fairway with a balletic balance.

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Brad Smith

By EDGA / 2022-08-24
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Bradley Smith says, “golf, for me, is just happiness”.

There is no sense of naivety on the part of the 27-year-old father of two from Norfolk when he tells us this, and he has every reason for taking all the joy he can from the game. He will also look across the table and fix you with a firm gaze. “Any golf day is a good one,” he reasons, “because you’re still on this side of the ground”.

The line could be from a Hemingway novel, and Bradley, or Brad to his friends, looks every inch a hero from such pages. Youthfully handsome, resolute, straight-backed like a Captain inspecting the lines; a man who has been in a battle (a look only slightly undone by the blue-tinted sunglasses he takes on and off on this sunny day).

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MULLIGAN TEASE

By EDGA / 2022-08-15
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“Mulligan – tough love and second chances” is the story of six athletes who refuse to be defined by their disability. Each has found a way to navigate this thing we call life through the game of golf. This three-minute tease introduces the players that appear in the 44-minute-long feature, which can be seen at https://edgagolf.com/online/media/

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