NSW All Inclusive Championship to be played at Medowie's Pacific Dunes Golf Club in May

PARTICIPATING: Sydney based Shane Luke, ranked number one amuptee golfer in Australia, will play in the All-Inclusive tournament at Pacific Dunes on May 3 and 4.
PARTICIPATING: Sydney based Shane Luke, ranked number one amuptee golfer in Australia, will play in the All-Inclusive tournament at Pacific Dunes on May 3 and 4.

Australia's number one amputee golfer Shane Luke will be a starter in the inaugural NSW All Inclusive Championship to be played at Medowie's Pacific Dunes Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday, May 3 and 4.

The championship is open to players with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment based on the International Golf Federation (IGF) definitions.

The Sydney-based Luke, an above knee amputee, said that he was looking forward to playing in the tournament, which will feature ladies and men golfers of all abilities.

Luke, ranked No. 1 amputee golfer nationally and No 12 in the world, is a great advocate for the game and recently took on the role of Amputee Golf Australia president.

"I have played once previously at Pacific Dunes and I am looking forward to returning there. I have no great expectations but I will be out to win, along with enjoying the company and supporting the event," he said.

"I want to congratulate the organisers for putting on such a tournament and my hope is that it will become a more frequent event. It provides a great opportunity for new players to have a try at golf, as well as building a pathway for people with disabilities wanting to improve their game."

Also participating is Brisbane-based Josh Jones, who finished world number one disabled golfer in the stableford rankings in 2019. "It's great for all golfers."

Christian Hamilton, senior manager of inclusion at Golf Australia, said that the organisation was delighted to assist Golf NSW in delivering this important event on the world rankings for golfers with disability schedule.

Josh Jones

Josh Jones

"We are thrilled to have Golf NSW lead the development of this event and add further strength to the Australasian All Abilities schedule," he said.

"NSW has always had strong participation through partner organisations Special Olympics, Amputee Golf NSW, Blind Golf NSW, Deaf Golf NSW and Empower Golf. We are excited to see this event grow over the coming years," Mr Hamilton added.

General manager Graeme Phillipson said that participation in the sport by anyone, regardless of their ability, age or gender, was critical to the growth of the great game. "The addition of this championship is significant for the sport across the state," Mr Phillipson added.

Players will need to obtain either a national (access) or international (WR4GD) pass through the online application platform at https://edgagolf.com/online/pass/pass_info.php.

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