EDGA supports golfers with disability for G4D Tour “to develop and move along the player pathway”

Golf for the Disabled (G4D) Tour players revealed, coming from 10 countries and four continents

– December 12, 2023
Gustav Stigsson Andersson, Sweden
Gustav Stigsson Andersson, Sweden

Twelve potential G4D Tour players of the future who will benefit from expert training in the new ‘Player Development Camp’ (PDC) initiative created by EDGA, have been named.

A total of 10 countries and four continents are represented among the golfers with disabilities. They will assemble at Quinta do Lago, Portugal, in January (21-25), 2024, for the first Player Development Camp of its kind, supported by the European Tour Group.

In a planned intense week of learning, professional specialists in their field, including coaches, nutritionists, performance experts and marketeers, will offer training and advice to the promising players, who have all qualified to take part via the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD).

The 12-player group, none of whom have played in a previous G4D Tour or EDGA Professional Tour event, will be made up of the eligible top five players in the Gross Ranking, the leading three eligible women players and four emerging talents.

It is anticipated that the level of assistance offered to the emerging talent pool in this first and subsequent PDCs will only serve to energise further the competitive pathway in G4D (golf for the disabled) created by EDGA over the last decade or so. The international golfers taking part can gain the tools to challenge the leading lights on the already successful G4D Tour, while showing a great many other players in the World Ranking that there is a route to the very top open to those who are dedicated to work on their game and improve.

Taking place in the same week and on the same course as the DP World Tour, the G4D Tour was launched by EDGA and the European Tour Group in 2022.

The following players will be welcomed by the EDGA team of experts to Quinta do Lago:

Natasha Stasiuk, Canada
Natasha Stasiuk, Canada

Russell Aide (16, Canada), Thomas Colombel (21, France), Heather Gilks (18, England), Casper Holst-Christensen (27, Denmark), Mehmet Kazan (42, Turkey), Tycho Kuiper (14, The Netherlands), Rene Schwenk (24, Germany), Daniel Slabbert (32, South Africa), Natasha Stasiuk (25, Canada), Gustav Stigsson-Andersson (18, Sweden), Natascha Tennent (16, Australia), and Chris Willis (43, Canada).

Invitations were sent out to the leading eligible players in the World Ranking from the 39 EDGA member countries (who had not competed in a previous G4D Tour or EDGA Professional Tour event), and also included highly rated emerging female G4D players and leading young talent.

According to EDGA President Tony Bennett, “We are delighted with the cross-section of talented and switched-on players taking part in our first EDGA Player Development Camp from 10 countries, who have all exhibited a thirst to learn and a joy in pushing themselves on. Although the G4D Tour is an understandable draw for players to test themselves over championship golf course set-ups in the exciting weeks of the DP World Tour, the PDC is about helping these players to develop skills to take on any test in golf. The specialists on site and the wonderful facilities at Quinta do Lago, will give the players the opportunity to explore their potential.”

Tony added: “Our work is to make the journey from sampler to competitive golfer seamless. Not everyone wants the same thing from golf, and that is the overall message for an inclusive landscape, which is to provide choice across the player pathway. There has never been greater opportunity for golfers with a disability, but G4D is still young in its development and there is a lot more to come. The PDC is just one of our initiatives that will help the whole player pathway, while we can see the number of golf courses improving their facilities increasing, more professional coaches learning how to better train players with disabilities, and an increase in the number of tournaments available at every level.”

At PDC week, players will be able to learn from others how to develop their knowledge and skill sets, and how to use these to grow their careers.

More details of the line-up of specialists supporting the PDC, as well as expectations of the participants, will be revealed soon.

EDGA is the not-for-profit body which lists 39 National Governing Bodies in its membership. EDGA advises, guides and sets standards for leading golfing bodies, including the IGF, the R&A, the DP World Tour, and national federations worldwide.

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