EDGA has been awarded the CPG’s 2021 President’s Award for Golf Development at this year’s CPG Annual Awards supported by Rolex in acknowledgement for its ongoing development activity and delivery of global projects and initiatives related to golf for the disabled.
EDGA is a volunteer organisation that aims to make the sport more inclusive for players with disability at every level, through the promotion and delivery of opportunities to sample, participate and compete in golf. It also advises and works with major stakeholders in the game including The R&A, The International Golf Federation, the European Tour group and The European Golf Association on various issues related to golf for the disabled.
The President’s Award, which recognises outstanding golf development programmes, initiatives and grassroots projects, was presented to EDGA President, Tony Bennett: “To receive this award on behalf of EDGA and the team of volunteers that work so hard for the organisation and for golf for the disabled is humbling.
“This award vindicates our longstanding work to create change in golf for the disabled, build awareness about it and create pathways to sample, participate and compete in the sport regardless of ability.
To be receiving this recognition from a highly respected golf organisation in the CPG is incredible and I offer my thanks to them for this award”. CPG Chief Executive, Ian Randell, commented: “Just recently at the EDGA Dubai Final, we saw a glimpse of the incredible and far-reaching work that EDGA is involved with around golf for the disabled, as well as getting to hear about the many inspiring stories from the golfers and in turn, the shared support they have for the organisation with the opportunities it has provided them in golf too”.
“Tony and the team of volunteers at EDGA are doing a terrific job to deliver the message of golf being for everybody, particularly in the area of golf for the disabled, so I could not think of a more worthy recipient of the 2021 edition of this award than EDGA”.
The European Tour group has worked extensively with EDGA in recent years, with the aim of providing Golfers with Disability with an opportunity to showcase their remarkable talents on a global stage. The 2021 EDGA European Tour saw the top 20 players from the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) selected to play in four European Tour tournaments across the UK Swing (in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales) with the eight best players across those events qualifying for the finale, which took place alongside the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Irishman Brendan Lawlor triumphed in Dubai to make it three wins across the series and cap a stunning season which saw him reach the top of the WR4GD (World Rankings for Golfers with Disabilities) for the first time in his career.
Additional to working alongside the European Tour group to deliver its globally televised events, EDGA has designed and implemented coach education programmes for delivery in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and golf clubs internationally, as well as creating protocols for tournament administration, definitions of impairment and other programmes too.
All of these initiatives are available to EDGA members and are designed to grow the number of golfers with disability around the world.