Disability Golfers take team honours at The Social Golfer OPEN 2024

Disability Golf team take honours at The Social Golfer OPEN 2024!

In the 15th annual outing for The Social Golfer OPEN 2024 at Bletchingley Golf Club in Surrey, more than fifty golfers from all over the south-east gathered to compete and raise money for the upcoming Cairns Cup 2024. Disability Golf’s Premier Matchplay event in Detroit, Michigan this summer.

The TSG OPEN Championship, played over eighteen holes rewarded the golfers ‘on form’ with Individual Stableford competitions for Men and Women, and a Yellow Ball team competition. 

The latter was won by the disability golfers representing the European Team in the Cairns Cup 2024.

Disaibility Golf Team - The cairns cup 2024 at The Socila Golfer open 2024

The Event Included

This included Iain Millar (Brain Injury) who will be teeing up in Detroit in the hope to bring back the much-coveted cup. Played between USA and Europe bi-annually and Jason Croucher (Muscular Dystrophy) who is hoping to make the 2026 team.

However, this event also saw us add some fun to the serious competition, with a Sound System playing Motown Tunes on the 18th Green, a two-course American-style BBQ and the ONE ARMED CHIP (sponsored by GoGoGo Sport Rangefinders).

Players were asked to experience golf with a disability by only being able to use ONE hand to chip the ball into the chipping net.

Only three golfers managed to hit the target!

In addition, the members’ guests on the day played for the now ‘famous’ GOLF NEWS MAGAZINE – GUEST TROPHY!

The Socila Golfer Open 2024 - ONE ARM CHIP with GoGoGo Sport Rangefinders - John Donaldon

The Charity

The partnership between The Social Golfer & The Cairns Cup (now in its fourth year) saw the attendees raise over £3K for disability golf on the day. Providing much-needed funds for the team to get to Michigan and for their supportive carers.

With golf clubs including the prestigious West Hill GC, Sundridge Park, The Shire, The Inspiration, Hanbury Manor, Wentworth and many more, donating a fourball voucher to the raffle table.

What they said…

Commenting on the day, the Women’s winner Chrissy Peacham said: How exciting, I have never won a golf event before, this is a fantastic golf day and for an amazing cause. Big thanks to all the sponsors and donors. I cannot wait to defend my title!”

Jason Croucher – Team Captain for The Stooges (Motown Theme) said: “I am so proud to win the Golf News Magazine – Guest Trophy.  A massive thank you to The Social Golfer team for an amazing event and good luck to all The Cairns Cup players this year in Michigan.”

The Social Golfer OPEN 2023 – The Winners…

The field, ranging from 4 handicappers to 36, and the superb conditions of the golf course, proved to make for a hugely enjoyable contest. The unique tournament was won this year by Essex and Kent based Golfer – Chrissy Peacham (24 H’cap) and Sam Cooke (27 H’cap).

Women’s Trophy

1st – Chrissy Peacham (Essex) 39 Pts

2nd – Ruth Brand (Sussex) 35 Pts

Men’s Trophy

1st – Sam Cooke (Kent) 35 Pts (on countback), 

2nd – John Moody (Bucks) – 35 Pts

3rd – Steve Slater (Herts) – 34 Pts

Golf News Guest Trophy

1st – Jason Croucher (Cambs) – 35 Pts 

2nd – Phil Meadows – 34 Pts

  • THE ONE ARM CHIP – John Donaldson (London) on countback
  • NP (2nd hole) – Kim Brand (Sussex)
  • NP (17th Hole) – Sam Swanscott (Kent)
  • NP in two (8th hole) – Matt Steele (Sussex)
  • Straightest Drive (9th hole) – Judy Lilley (Kent)
  • Yellow Ball Team Winners – Jason Croucher (Cambs), Rich White, Cass Stevens (Essex) & Phil Meadows

By Ian Mullins

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Ian is the Editor of The Social Golfer. He has been reviewing golf courses for more than ten years. He was the Marketing Director of the London Golf Show from 2011-2016. He has had golf articles published in Golf News Magazine, Today’s Golfer and Golf Business News. He is also the Brand Director for The Cairns Cup (Golf’s Premier Disability Match Play Event).