When it came to choosing a venue to host the first ever World
Team Cup, the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP) hit a
hole in one when it decided on the 18-hole course at The Westerwood
Hotel & Golf Resort, part of QHotels.
Choosing an appropriate venue for the event, featuring 18 teams of
72 golfers from around the world, could have been tricky, but given
previous experience of The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort, SDGP
knew its leisure facilities and easy accessibility made it the
Competitors ranging early 20s to late 70s with a range of
disabilities took part in what was the biggest charity event of the
Although the event was curtailed by the unpredictable Great
British weather, the teams from Pakistan, USA, Norway, Denmark,
Germany, Austria and the Home Nations all agreed it was a great
Secretary of Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, Jim Gales MBE,
said: "The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort held the first
Blind World Cup in 2003 and we were therefore aware of the benefits
of using it again.
"One of the main benefits is that it's ideally situated between
Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering great transport links for teams
joining the tournament from all over the world.
"Even more important to us was that it offered both a luxury hotel
and world class golf course within the same grounds, which made
life easier for our competitors and their carers alike. In
addition, golf carts are allowed on the greens, which was essential
to the World Team Cup as over half the competitors wouldn't have
been able to play without them.
"The hotel was extremely supportive and offered discount hotel and
golf rates along with sponsoring the gala dinner we held on the
final evening. Selecting The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort for
our tournament was a wise choice and everybody, including all the
locals who came to watch and support us, thoroughly enjoyed the
Tournament winners, England, comprising William West, Michael
McGovern, Steve Haxton and Richard Saunders fought off the tough
competition to secure the first ever World Team Cup title.
England Team Member, William West, said: "This was a
fantastic tournament from beginning to end, including the first
class service and accommodation at the hotel, the incredible golf
facilities, the meticulous organisation and the amazing support
from staff and locals alike. Of course, this was all made
even better by winning but it's safe to say everyone was delighted
to be part of this inaugural event."
The SDGP, formed in 2004 and registered as a charity in 2009, was
originally a small group of sensory, physically and intellectually
challenged golfers and their coaches/carers, who played friendly
games at various venues across Scotland. Quickly developing
into regional, national and international tournament play, the SDGP
now has over 160 active members of all ages and almost 750
associates, in over a dozen countries.