(From left) Lester Nehow, Shane Locke, Dave Gavin, Mark Marshall and Anna-May Norcott enjoy a weekly Disability Services Golf Day.
(From left) Lester Nehow, Shane Locke, Dave Gavin, Mark Marshall and Anna-May Norcott enjoy a weekly Disability Services Golf Day.

Chance for inclusion for all

MARK Marshall spoke for almost every golfer in Australia last week when he said “you can't hit them well all the time”.

“I have days when I drive well,” Marshall said.

He was in a group of five who participated in last week's Department of Communities, Disability Services golf day under the direction of local area program co-ordinator Dave Gavin.

Gavin covers an area from Cunningham's Gap to St George, Allora to Wallangarra and Talwood, and has organised the golf program at Warwick each week for the past year.

“We started the program so clients could come together and enjoy a game of golf,” Gavin said.

Participant Anna-May Norcott said the best aspect of her golf was putting.

Lester Nehow plays rugby league for the Warwick Cowboys and played his first game of golf with the group last week.

“I like to play golf socially,” he said.

Shane Locke has a new set of clubs and reckons they have improved his play.

“I hit them hard and straight,” he said.

Gavin said the group played ambrose style each Tuesday, which meant the next shot of each player was from the best position of the five previous shots.

Last week they hit a birdie on the third after being close to an eagle. They were 10cm from a birdie on the fourth.

Gavin said they were delighted to par the fifth.

“We all duffed our drives after a cameraman appeared on the course,” Gavin said.

He said the Tuesday ambrose games were not just for people with a disability.

“We are happy for other people to join in,” Gavin said.

“I want to promote the golf as inclusive. Everyone deserves to experience life to the fullest, whether or not they have a disability.

“Golf gives us a chance for inclusion for all.”

Each Tuesday morning, the aim of the group is to play nine holes.

Last week all five players walked the course.

Gavin said if any of the players could not walk the distance, they would use a buggy.

Often the weekly golf attracts more players than the previous week.

Anyone interested in joining the golf group can call Gavin on 46675155.


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