The Westerwood Golf Course

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 perfect venue.

Competitors ranging early 20s to late 70s with a range of disabilities took part in what was the biggest charity event of the year.

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 success.

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 event."

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.


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