Having got to know many disabled golfers since its launch, The Social Golfer have made it a priority to promote equality and understanding among golfers of all levels.
Regardless of gender and disability.
In previous years the community has raised over £3k for disabled golfers at their ‘Major’ events.
However, despite this very humble effort to raise the profile of disability sports in the UK, there is still a huge job to do in changing attitudes and we want to be at the heart of this initiative.
Houghton lost his leg suddenly sixteen years ago in a work accident whereby his leg was amputated above the knee.
However, being the gritty character that he is, Paul decided to take up golf.
He bought himself some clubs, an Electrokart (one-seater buggy) some lessons and joined his local nine hole course.
He later joined the Disabled Golf Association and has now represented his country 12 times, playing of a respectable handicap of 16.
He is also a member of the EDGA.
As part of their sponsorship, TSG will be hosting a blog with Paul’s experiences on the tour on the website.
In addition, his progress will also be promoted in their monthly newsletter sent to 5K+ golfers worldwide every month.
In addition, the TSG team will be also distributing this content through their social media channels and beyond.
In July 2017, the Social Golfer donated all the monies raised at the TSG OPEN to Paul Houghton and long-term TSGer and fellow disabled golfer, Roger Hurcombe.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Houghton said “I couldn’t have been more excited about playing in my first Spanish Open in February 2017 and to have an official sponsor has given me the support and encouragement to do as well as I can”
“I have also just returned from St Andrews, where I competed in the Scottish Disabled Open, where I finished in the middle of the field of 35 golfers from 17 countries. Since joining the TSG community in 2014, I have been shocked at the welcome and inclusion I have been afforded by its members.
He went on to say: I will be doing my best for both disabled golf and TSGers everywhere. A big thank you to everyone at TSG who have helped to highlight our cause. I so hope I can do them proud!”
Ian Mullins. TSG Editor added “Paul is one of the nicest guys you could meet so anything we could do to help him in his desire to play golf on the European stage is both exciting and humbling. Can’t wait to read his first blog posting from behind the tournament ropes and in the locker room!”