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The driving force behind blind golfers in Scotland since 1982.


THE 2009 BRITISH BLIND OPEN


Sunday June 7 - Thursday June 11

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Hamilton Golf Club, Ferniegair, Hamilton, Lanarkshire ML3 7UE, Scotland


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Results & Scores

Here are the finishing scores for the British Blind Open and Hamilton Stableford Plate. If you want further detail, you can download this Excel scores spreadsheet or you can view them here on a separate webpage

British Blind Open

  1. Cameron McDiarmid, Scotland, 62, 69 - 131
  2. Drew Cochrane, Northern Ireland, 68, 67 - 135
  3. Jan Dinsdale, Northern Ireland, 65, 70 - 135
  4. Ian Moncrieff, Scotland, 71, 65 - 136
  5. Allan Morgan, Scotland, 69, 67 - 136
  6. John Imrie, Scotland, 65, 73 - 138
  7. Peter Hodgkinson, England, 68, 73 - 141
  8. Mike Loten, England, 67, 75 - 142
  9. Chiara Pozzi Giacosa, Italy, 66, 77 - 143
  10. Thomas Reidy, Northern Ireland, 73, 73 - 146
  11. Alistair Reid, Scotland, 77, 70 - 147
  12. Andrea Calcaterra, Italy, 72, 75 - 147
  13. John Miller, Scotland, 76, 72 - 148
  14. Rob Parrott, England, 74, 74 - 148
  15. Mike Mayo, Scotland, 74, 75 - 149
  16. Sam Sloan, Scotland, 77, 75 - 152
  17. Sam Smyth, Northern Ireland, 76, 76 - 152
  18. Zohar Sharon, Israel, 68, 84 - 152
  19. Brian Macleod, Canada, 81, 73 - 154
  20. Jim Eadie, Scotland, 74, 80 - 154
  21. Simon Cookson, England, 77, 78 - 155
  22. Derrick Sheridan, England, 75, 80 - 155
  23. Charlie Forbes, Scotland, 76, 80 - 156
  24. Darren Healey, Scotland, 75 81 - 156
  25. Bryan Richards, England, 73, 83 - 156
  26. John Eakin, England, 78, 80 - 158
  27. Gerry Kelly, Scotland, 72, 86 - 156
  28. Wally Roode, Eire, 77, 83 - 160
  29. Allan Gray, Scotland, 80, 89 - 169
  30. Colin Simpson, Scotland, 73, nr
  31. John Scappaticci, Canada, 81, nr
  32. Owen Kyne, Eire, 84, missed cut
  33. Mike Vrooman, Canada, 87, missed cut
  34. Ron Tomlinson, England, 94, missed cut
  35. Jimmy Murray, Eire, 100, missed cut
  36. Jim O'Brien, England, 114, missed cut
  37. Ronald Boef, Netherlands, 128, missed cut

The Hamilton Stableford Plate

  1. Ron Tomlinson, England, 41 pts
  2. Jimmy Murray, Eire, 33
  3. Jim O'Brien, England, 30
  4. Frances Radford, England, 26
  5. Owen Kyne, Eire, 26
  6. Robin Clayden, Scotland, 25
  7. Mike Vrooman, Canada, 18
  8. Ronald Boef, Netherlands, 12
  9. James Watt, Scotland, 2
  10. Philippe Bernigaud, France, nr
  11. John Scappaticci, Canada, nr

The Golf Club

Hamilton Golf Club, Ferniegair, Hamilton, ML3 7UE, Scotland

an aerial picture of hamilton golf course another aerial view of the course

Hamilton Golf Club was founded in 1892 and was first located on a site near the now demolished Hamilton Palace, former home of the Dukes of Hamilton. In 1925 the club moved to its present site and the new course layout was developed by the famous course designer, James Braid, who was also responsible for the layout of the King's Course at Gleneagles among many others in this area. A feature of the original layout is the number of bunkers which were included, all of which still come into play for the average golfer today.

You can check out the Hamilton Golf Club website to find out all the facilities and get a feel for what we believe will be a very challenging yet enjoyable experience for all.


Here's a card of the course!


Hole Name Yards Metres SSS Index
           
1 Cadzow Castle 355 325 4 11
2 Avonbraes 382 349 4 3
3 Hoolet Row 138 127 3 18
4 Lang Gait 493 451 5 9
5 Woodyett 469 429 5 5
6 Spinney 417 381 4 7
7 Devils Elbow 416 381 4 1
8 Tinto 296 271 4 15
9 The Pen 177 162 3 13
Out:   3143 2876 36  
Hole Name Yards Metres SSS Index
           
10 Belvidere 312 285 4 16
11 Plateau 419 383 4 4
12 Perfection 219 200 3 12
13 The Oaks 400 366 4 6
14 Dalzell 404 369 4 10
15 Mount Zion 167 153 3 17
16 The Wham 462 422 4 2
17 Chatelherault 359 328 4 14
18 Riccarton 349 319 4 8
In:   3091 2825 34  
 
Total Yards: 6234 Total Metres: 5701 SSS: 70

Hotel accommodation

Click here for the Express by Holiday Inn, Strathclyde Park website

Everyone attending the British Blind Open at Hamilton will be staying at the Express by Holidy Inn, Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell, ML1 3RB. This hotel was used for the 2005 Auld Enemy Cup between Scotland and England and is currently undergoing refurbishments which are scheduled to be completed by March 2009. The Hotel is situated within the complex of attractions such as Strathclyde Country Park with its Watersports centre, country walks and purpose built M & D's Theme Park (open all year round with FREE entry). Other places of interest are the David Livingston Centre, the Time Capsule Leisure Centre and the Hamilton Golf Club is just 4 miles away.

The 120 bedroom hotel is set on 3 floors, has a restaurant, and a bar/lounge open to residents from 11 am to 3 am. Your rooms will be available from 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday June 7, and you should vacate by 12 noon on your morning of departure, Thursday June 11. Car owners can enjoy residents parking at the hotel, under security camera surveylence

If you need the hotel front desk for any reason, you can call +44 [0] 1698 858585 but please do not contact the hotel directly whith queries relating to your accommodation for the blind golf event. You should contact one of the organising team listed on this page, or send an e mail to open@scottishblindgolf.com and we will respond in double quick time!

Scottish Blind Golf will provide bed and full cooked breakfast for player and guide for 4 nights, beginning Sunday June 7, plus a welcome buffet on the arrivals evening at the Express by Holiday Inn accommodation. After match catering at the golf club will also be provided for the next three days via a voucher system to all players, guides and paying guests. The final Presentation Dinner will be hosted by Deputy Provost Beath Forrest at the Banqueting Hall in Hamilton where jacket and tie is mandatory for the gentlemen.


Travel & directions

The following information will get you to the Express by Holiday Inn, Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell ML1 3RB, [M74 Junction 5] on arrivals day, Sunday June 7. If you are unsure of how to get to the event then why not send an E-mail to open@scottishblindgolf.com and we'll look at where you are travelling from and tell you your best options.

By Air:

The Glasgow International Airport is served by most of the scheduled airlines, including British Airways and Easyjet and is the recommended destination for your flight if possible. Your Express by Holiday Inn is 21 miles away in Motherwell and will cost you around 30GBP in a taxi, taking around half an hour.

Alternatively, you can catch a bus outside the terminal at Bay 1 which you should take for Glasgow Central Railway Station, then check out the train for Motherwell from there. The bus and ongoing trains run several times each hour, the total journey this way should take you around an hour and cost approximately 10 GBP per person.

Some other flights, including the low budget Ryan Air will bring you into Prestwick International Airport and from there you need to get a couple of trains to the hotel. It's not that bad a deal because the train stops right at the terminal building, so hop on and go right to Glasgow Central, then change trains to Motherwell. All in all, the trains will take around an hour and a half and faires will be around 10 per person. Unless your name is Andrew Carnegie, a taxi is not recommended as you are 52 miles from the hotel and you will not get any change out of a fifty pound note!

From Motherwell rail station, it is only 3 miles to the hotel, so around 6 - 7 will get you there.

By Rail:

As mentioned above, Glasgow Central station is the hub you need to target where regular trains run several times an hour out the 40 minute journey to Motherwell. From the south, Virgin Trains take you to Glasgow Central, but if you can alight at Motherwell, from a National Express East Coast train - just before Glasgow, then you've cracked it.

Check out your train times here!

By Road:

I will assume all the Scots will know how to get to the hotel, so here are driving directions for one or two of you who may be coming from England.

Make your way to the west of the country and come up the M6 to Bonnie Scotland via Carlisle and Gretna. Follow your nose northwards on to the M74 for Glasgow, passing Abbington and Happendon Service areas, then leave the M74 motorway at junction 5, where the hotel is adjacent to the Innkeeper's Fayre Strathclyde Park Inn.

If you have no sense of direction, or haven't got a scooby doo on how to get there, try opening this AA Route finder, put in your post code and add the hotel post code of ML1 3RB, or the golf club ML3 7UE, and it will pop up your directions just like magic!

Local taxi company with good rates!

You may want to take a note of Viewpark Cars on 01698 813 777 who are very reasonable and reliable. Their current rate for a pickup at Glasgow Airport to take you to the Strathclyde Park hotel is 25, from Edinburgh, it is double money, 50.


Your organising team

The following people are the main protagonists in putting on this show for you. You should firstly make contact via the e mail address scattered around this webpage but for specific enquiries of an urgent nature you might want to check us out below.

hotel accommodation, General itinerary & brochure

Fundraising, Transport, Goodie bag providers!

The Money Man, for refunds or payments etc


The event Programme at a Glance

SUNDAY, JUNE 7:

MONDAY, JUNE 8:

TUESDAY, JUNE 9:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10:

THURSDAY, JUNE 11:


Competition Rules & format

Special notes on the Hamilton Stableford Plate

Any competitor who feels their form and ability is not best suited to medal play and believe they are unlikely to compete at the level required to contest the Open Championship, may elect to play in the Hamilton Stableford Plate from the start of the event. This option will also help to eleviate the problems of slow play where players can pick up after they reach double figures on a given hole instead of racking up huge numbers of shots unnecessarily

Players who fail to make the cut on day one will continue to compete for the Hamilton Stableford Plate on day two. Stableford points will be calculated from their first round score cards to take forward to the second days play. It is therefore important to ensure a completed score card is returned then everyone will have something to play for on the final day.

NB: Any competitor who opts to play in the British Blind Open strokeplay format and makes a No Return will risk disqualifying themselves from continuing in the stableford on day two


The field!

The following golfers are now confirmed as successful competitors so you can make your travel plans now! Ensure your name appears here if you have applied. Check your sight class is correct and the number of days you have requested a buggy.

BUGGY ALLOCATION & CHARGES:

SPECIAL NOTE: Buggies will be allocated strictly on health grounds and primarily for the needs of the blind golfer

A charge of 20 per day will be levied to buggy users. Some of you have already paid, those of you who have not will be asked to settle your buggy account at the welcome buffet on the arrivals evening/tournament briefing in the hotel. You can still send your buggy payments in advance to our treasurer, Mr Bill Routledge, 3 Larch Grove, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 7NF.

If for reasons of adverse weather the golf club prohibit the use of buggies on the course, this will not invalidate the competition. Those competitors who have produced medical support for their buggy use will however not be permitted to participate.


Number of competitors: 42

Scotland:

England:

Northern Ireland:

Republic of Ireland:

Italy:

France:

Canada:

Germany:

Israel:

Netherlands:


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