Presidential Cup Announces Disabled Golf Cup

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Stephen Prior is part of the 12-person field at the ISPS Handa Disabled Golf Cup in Royal Melbourne

A new window was opened today for the major golfers of Australia with disabilities with the announcement of a new event that will be played as part of the upcoming Presidential Cup.

US PGA Tour officials confirmed that 12 of & # 39; the world's leading golfers with disabilities from six different countries will compete in the ISPS Handa Disabled Golf Cup at Royal Melbourne.

The event, which is being contested on Friday, December 13 after the second session of the Presidential Cup, will include a "Australia vs. the World" competition.

It will take place on 10 holes of the famous Royal Melbourne Composite Course, on the same tees and in the same condition as the American and international teams will experience.

Christian Hamilton, Inclusion Manager at Golf Australia, said it was another great opportunity to demonstrate the elite skills of competitors.

"And not to mention the unique experience it will be for those athletes," said Hamilton.

"We are very grateful for the support of the PGA Tour, but especially for the continued commitment of ISPS Handa who has played such an incredibly supportive role in not only this tournament, but dozens of others around the world."

Haruhisa Handa, founder and president of ISPS Handa, was pleased that the athletes with disabilities "would be at the center of the famous Royal Melbourne".

"The Presidential Cup is a great format that embodies the power of sport through its substantial donations to charities," Dr. said. Handa.

"ISPS Handa is pleased to have the opportunity to promote golf for the disabled in collaboration with the Presidential Cup and to see the adaptive game that provides great support during many tours.

"We are sincerely grateful to the PGA Tour for their immense contribution to this global effort that we made for the first time three decades ago."

ISPS Handa has been a leading voice in gathering support for the inclusion of golf in the Paralympics, an initiative supported by the PGA Tour and the International Federation of PGA Tours.

To increase awareness of this initiative, ISPS Handa will also organize golf exhibitions for golfers with disabilities or who are blind to the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii for the next two years.

Ten of the 12 ISPS Handa disabled Golf Cup athletes will compete in Sydney the week before the Presidential Cup in the second Australian All Abilities Championship, simultaneously with the Australian Open.

The 12 golfers will be six from Australia and six from the rest of the world.

The full field is:

1

Kenny Bontz

USA

2

Mike Browne

ENGLAND

3

Tony Coates

AUSTRALIA

4

Chad Pfeifer

USA

5

Brendan Lawlor

Ireland

6

Shane Luke

AUSTRALIA

7

Geoff Nicholas

AUSTRALIA

8

Cameron Pollard

AUSTRALIA

9

Stephen Prior

AUSTRALIA

10

Mike Rolls

AUSTRALIA

11

Daphne Van Houten

THE NETHERLANDS

12

Breath Wahbi

BELGIUM

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