With hard work and practice, Byron Calvert has with steely determination secured his place in the South African team that will compete in the 2017 World Cup of Disabled Golf taking place in Cape Town in May 2017. He is also part of the diverse field of local and international golfers competing in the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open which are only days away.
To qualify for the South African team trials, the 32 year old had to have a single figure handicap. Three months ago, his handicap was 14. However, he has played over 40 games and managed to get his handicap down to 9, qualifying him for the trials which took place in March. In April, he spent a week with the South African Disabled Golf Association’s (SADGA) First Swing Programme Elite Squad training for the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open and the World Cup of Disabled Golf.
“Byron Calvert is probably one of the most determined golfers associated with SADGA. Remarkably, he never played golf until after his leg amputation in 2012. Since then, he has risen through the ranks to be rated amongst South Africa’s top golfers with a disability. During the time he spent with the First Swing Programme training camp in April, he was an inspiration to our young golfers, encouraging them to embrace their disability and to fight their way to the top, to practice and work hard at their game. We cannot wait to see him play at the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open and the World Cup of Disabled Golf,” says Reinard Schuhknecht, Brand Ambassador for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open.
The World Cup of Disabled Golf will be played with the first three rounds of the Canon SA Disabled Golf Open, taking place at King David Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town from 15-17 May.
The 19th edition of the Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open boasts the most diverse field of entrants since the inception of the competition by the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) 19 years ago. Over 80 local and international golfers have confirmed their participation in the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open.
The Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open is hosted annually by SADGA, offering a platform for disabled golfers to pit their skills against some of the best in the world in a credible competition that has at its heart the goal to inspire and unite players with varying disabilities, and acknowledge their achievements. The tournament attracts the world’s top golfers with disabilities. In 2016, 30% of the field boasted single figure handicaps and more than half of the competitors have handicaps of 18 or lower.
There will be 13 countries taking part in the World Cup of Disabled Golf, each team comprising two players. There are two invitational sides which are made up of golfers whose countries cannot field two players. The golfers need to be single figure handicaps and be amputees by birth or amputation.
Both tournaments promise nail biting competition and will be a showcase of will, talent and determination as golfers with disabilities compete for top titles.