Phoenix Cup rises from the ashes after postponement

The 28th running of golf’s Phoenix Cup will be played over Arden and Aylesbury golf courses in mid-August.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:40 pm
Fifer Jim Gales helped create the tournament which brings golfers together from across the world to compete

Four teams of disabled golfers will travel from across England, Scotland and Wales face a United States sides and compete over three days.

The Phoenix Cup was created by Scottish Disability Golf, an organisation formed in the Fife, and is the disabled version of the Ryder/Solheim Cup.

Fifer Jim Gales, the founder and honorary secretary of the SDGC charity said: “With this being the 28th anniversary of our Phoenix Cup, its a wonderful opportunity to compete alongside some of the best disabled golfers in the world and over the fairways of one of the most prestigious and welcoming golf clubs.”

The cup was first held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where some 26 golfers, making up a North American and World Team, travelled from countries including Australia, South Africa, Germany, the States, Scotland, France and England to play the inaugural international.

To date the 26 Phoenix Cup competitions arranged by the SDGC have hosted 745 disabled golfers from 18 countries

John Riordan of the English Disabled Golf Association said: “We are very proud to be able to host the four nations event in 2022, which will be an excellent opportunity to showcase disabled golf at a top venue.

"We would give special mention to Sandy Ganatra of One Golf Club for his continuing support.

"I’m sure the golf will be competitive but the real winner will be disabled golf.”

The event will be a chance to renew acquaintances between the USA and Europe’s players after the pandemic forced the US players to stay at home for the last planned Phoenix in 2020 which was to be played at courses including Carnoustie, Trump International and Gleneagles.

Plans are already in place for the Phoenix Cup through to 2024 when the 30th running will be played at the Home of Golf in St Andrews over the Old and Jubilee courses.

The current format for the 54-hole event was adapted from the World Cup of Disabled Golf, held on three occasions in Scotland since 2011.