St George’s Hill’s Duncan Hamilton-Martin was the winner of the inaugural Disabled British Open at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, in Hampshire.
Three-handicapper Hamilton-Martin, 52, lost his left leg at an early age, but it didn’t stop him from carding a hugely impressive two-round total of 161 (78/83) to take the title by four shots.
The independent financial advisor, from Esher in Surrey, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won. I’ve played in a lot of amputee events down the years but this was a truly ground-breaking tournament, just fantastic.”
Category winners were Scotland’s Alisdair Berry, from Irvine, who plays off nine (handicaps 0-9.4); 11-handicapper Andrew McDonald, from Euxton, in Lancashire (handicaps 9.5-18.4); and 19-handicapper Richard Saunders, from Manningtree, Essex (handicaps more than 18.5).
Nadine Hughes, Special Olympics Great Britain’s (SOGB) manager of special projects, said: “I think I can speak on behalf of the majority of competitors when I say it was the most professional and smoothly run event in which they had ever competed.”
The winners were awarded their prizes by BBC TV’s “voice of golf” Peter Alliss, the president of Old Thorns Manor Hotel.
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