Event returns to Tynemouth

The World One-Armed Golf Championship is heading back to Tynemouth Golf Club in June.

Royal Ashdown’s Nick Champness won the title when it was last played at the club in 2006 and went on to win it another three times before Darlington’s Darren Grey was victorious at Nairn Dunbar in 2010.

Grey also won the English and Welsh Championship at Tynemouth in 2013 to add to his World Championship title, and it’s hoped Grey and reigning World Champion Robert Paul will be in the field June 5-9.

Entries from South Africa, France, Sweden, Ireland and the US are also anticipated, and Keith Dewhurst, golf convenor for the One-Armed Society, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Tynemouth for our 2017 Championship.”

Tynemouth has a strong link with the society through former captain Mike Lobban, a good friend of Ravensworth’s Don Reid, a noted one-armed player and secretary/treasurer of the society for many years.

The Society of One-Armed Golfers was founded in 1932, principally for golfers who had lost an arm in World War One. Since then it has evolved and now includes golfers who have lost the use of an arm through conflict, road or industrial accidents, birth defects or neurological reasons.

The championship counts towards the world rankings and team selection for the Fightmaster Cup – the one-armed equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

When Grey won in 2010 he went to the top of the world rankings and played in both the Fightmaster Cup and for the Rest of the World against the North American One-Armed Golf Association.