A number of famous faces from the Ladies European Tour (LET) in conjunction with the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) will be offering free golf lessons for individuals with disabilities at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 5th July, ahead of the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.
The clinic will provide ten burgeoning golfers with an all-encompassing golf lesson courtesy of Craig Thomas, PGA professional from the Golf Academy and LET member Sarah Bennett, who is currently the Head PGA Teaching Golf Professional at Three Rivers Golf Course in full view of LET pros Hannah Burke and Henrietta Zuel.
Through the work of the tournament’s title sponsor, ISPS, and in association with the PGA, the ISPS Handa PGA Academy Programme offers those with disabilities the chance to be part of the action and practice their swing in specially designed nets.
ISPS Chairman and Japanese Philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa, has campaigned relentlessly to make golf accessible to blind and disabled golfers and the programme is going from strength to strength.
Dr. Handa is a devoted golf supporter who has played a significant role in showcasing the women’s game around the globe. ISPS, the organisation that he founded in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world, currently sponsors more than a dozen professional golf events worldwide, including three tournaments on the 2013 Ladies European Tour schedule: the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open (won by Lydia Ko), the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (won by Jiyai Shin) and the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, being played on July 26-28 at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
In 2012, ISPS became the title sponsor of the LET’s Order of Merit (won by Carlota Ciganda) and the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters (won by Lydia Hall). ISPS continues to sponsor the LET’s Order of Merit (currently led by Charley Hull).
This year’s clinic will be attended by a number of golfers with a diverse range of disabilities including amputee Andrew Skinner, Tony Lloyd, who has shortened arms as a result of phocomelia, Matthew Spellar, Nathan Hill, Dave Reany, Gina Collier, Mark Fosbrook, Mark Smith, Martin Anderson and Alan Brunjes, some of whom may have the opportunity to play in the tournament Pro-Am.
All golfers with disabilities can take advantage of free entry to the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire on July 26-28 with complimentary golf lessons available throughout the event. Organisers are encouraging everyone, both new and familiar with the game, to come along and have a go.
About ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters:
ISPS is the International Sports Promotion Society, a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo. ISPS is an organisation founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world. ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf. http://www.ispsgolf.com/home