Auld Enemy sent off to think again - with help from Douglas Park golfer Garry

Douglas Park Golf Club's club house.  Hillfoot. Garry McNulty (65). He is an amputee and won a team event representing Scotland who beat England.'22/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Douglas Park Golf Club's club house. Hillfoot. Garry McNulty (65). He is an amputee and won a team event representing Scotland who beat England.'22/9/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

AN AMPUTEE goLFER from Douglas Park Golf Club was part of a 12 man team who beat England in a major championship for disabled players in Derby last weekend.

Garry McNulty (65) competed in the Auld Enemies Cup and the team beat England by 14 1/2 to 91/2 points in the event which is played on the same format as the Ryder Cup.

The retired BT engineer who lost his left foot in an explosion more than 30 years ago when he was an army wireless operator in Aden, Yemen, said: “It was very satisfying to beat England as they beat us by one point last year.”

The golfer who plays off a handicap of 22 has been a member of Douglas Park Golf Club for the past 11 years and travelled with the rest of the squad, who are all members of the Scottish Disabled Golf Partnership (SDGP) - the umbrella organisation for people with a range of disabilities.

Mr McNulty added: “I’ve been a member of the SDGP for about two years and it is a great organisation.

“We have all sort of golfers here from stroke victims, partially sighted people and one boy who has Down’s Syndrome.”

The Auld Enemies Cup was played at Breadall Priory Golf Resort near Derby and ran over three days from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September

Mr McNulty said: “It was a fiercely fought battle over three days. There were 12 in our team with four reserves.

“I played on the Friday in the foursomes and Saturday in the fourball, but wasn’t selected for the singles on Sunday.

“There was all the thrills and spills associated with the famous Ryder Cup and it was so good to get our revenge and beat England, who beat us last year by just one point.”

The tournament has received a lot of attention from the main stream golfing world including the endorsement of one of the best-known figures in the game’s history, Gary Player.

He said: “To the golfers, coaches and organisers I would like to send my best wishes to everyone participating in the Auld Enemies Cup, Scotland v England match.

“The key to hoisting the trophy is to believe in yourself - believe you can win and you will.”

Team Scotland Captain, Stevie Cunningham said: “There have been a few changes from last year’s team due to some players not being available but we had a very strong team this year with a full range of golf handicaps and disabilities.”

More information on the SDGP can be found at www.sdgp.co.uk