All Abilities heroes en route to Sydney

The field is set for the first edition of the Australian All Abilities Championship.

Four Australians will be among the elite 12-person field to play at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney during the Emirates Australian Open.

In a world first, golfers with a disability will compete on the same course, under the same tournament playing conditions, alongside many of the world’s best touring professionals competing for the Open’s time-honoured Stonehaven Cup.

The AAAC field will also feature seven Europeans and one golfer from the Dominican Republic as part of the collaboration between Golf Australia and the European Disabled Golf Association that also aims to increase the profile of inclusive golf on the global stage.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers was thrilled with the Golf Australia initiative.

“We’re delighted (the tournament can) showcase the leading golfers with disability and use the Rankings For Golfers with a Disability (R4GD) in the qualification process,” Slumbers said.

“The Australian All Abilities Championship will do much to promote the inclusive nature of golf to a global audience and to demonstrate that golf is a game for all, for life.”

The players taking part in the AAAC during the Australian Open are world No.1 Charles-Henri Quelin, of France, Spain’s Juan Postigo (ranked second), Ireland’s Brendan Lawlor (third), Australia’s Shane Luke (fourth), Sweden’s Johan Kammerstad (fifth), England’s Ashley Harris (seventh), Germany’s Timo Klischan (eighth), Belgium’s Adem Wahbi (ninth), Manuel De Los Santos, of the Dominican Republic (10th), and Australians Stephen Prior (11th), Mike Rolls (14th) and Geoff Nicholas (16th).

Golf Australia national inclusion manager Christian Hamilton was excited that players with a disability would have the opportunity to share the global spotlight.

“This is far from an exhibition event. These are some of the world's best players, as determined by the R4GD, and they'll face the same test as all the champions who'll be battling for the Aussie Open,” he said.

“It will also complement the work of the International Golf Federation which is poised to promote its case for golf's inclusion in the 2024 Paralympics in France.

“One of the sport's great advantages is its capacity to include; these tournaments combined will not only inspire the public to see that, but also encourage other golfing federations to follow Australia's lead in making the game accessible to all.”


Posted by William Lawlor, Dundalk, Ireland at
03/11/2018 03:56 AM
Hi Christian Hamilton, Well done to all at Emirates Australian Open Golf for their ground-breaking achievement in bringing in the All Abilities Golfers from Australia and European Tour Countries for the very first time. Key to this initiative is that inclusivity is positivity and this innovation by Australia must surely be copied now by other National Golf Federations. The recent Invictus Games for the wounded services veterans, and the steps being taken to bring golf into the Paralympics, are all brilliant moves for general inclusivity, and for golf as a world sport that can be played and enjoyed by all abilities. Take a bow, Oz! William Lawlor Grandad to Brendan Lawlor (Teeing it up with the Stars in the forthcoming Emirates Australian Open Golf.)
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21/10/2018 07:04 AM
Posted by Vic Mordue at
18/09/2018 01:55 PM
My partner and I would love to see this. My partner has C.P. and we need to know how accessible the venue is for spectators. Can you point me in the right direction, to get this information. Thanks Vic.

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