10th Oct 2016 Wavendon GC MK
Present:- A Greasley, T Kirby, Paul Meadows, Phil Meadows, Eric Tofield, Tony Tofield, G Jackson, B Funnell, R Lee.
Apologies M Gibson C Macadam K Dolman K Roberts
1 A Greasley resigned as Chairman of The Handigolf Foundation with immediate effect stating that he had taken “Wheelchair Golf ” and The DBO as far as possible.The work of The Handigolf organisers was acknowledged by him and in particulat the work of Terry Kirby in promoting and competing in wheelchair golf at the highest level.
2 New Officers were elected unopposed into the following positions:-
Chairman Terry Kirby
Secretary Ray Lee
Treasurer Greg Jackson
3 Committee members were elected without change.
4 New Trustees were appointed as follows
Mr Ray Lee and Mr G Jackson to join Mr T Kirby and Dr A Greasley to resign.
5 It was decided that the website would be handed over from AG to TK over the next 6 months.
6 The future of the DBO (Disabled British Open) was discussed and affirmed to be the responsibility of The R&A being the primary controlling authority covering the Paralympic area of GB &NI.
7 It was considered that The R&A should be in control of The DBO but to task the NGBs to deliver the DBO on a rota of countrys stating with England Golf running the 2017 DBO at Ufford Park in Suffolk and then to move the event round the constituent countrys.
8 It was recommended that the new Handigolf Facebook page to be assembled by Phil Meadows be used to rationalise the 2017 Diary of events.ET requested that Mondays be avoided for congestion reasons for one day events if possible.
9 The current members were advised to lobby the fellow European Wheelchair golfers to run the European Championships on an annual basis and find a venue for 2017 asap.
10 TK reminded members that England Golf are now the link into EDGA and this means that members who pay levies to England Golf through their membership of golf clubs are automatically full members of EDGA.
11 AG table a paper setting out the Limitations to the future of Disabled and Wheelchair Golf in terms of the slow progress of key governing bodies. He requested members to consider this in view of a wider distribution to the bodies concerned once agreement of the Committee had been established.
The recent meeting with England Golf through the Forum was discussed and the failure of their new CEO to turn up, even though the time and place had been changed 3 times was met with some dismay. This was surprising as the meeting was titled “Meet the new CEO”. The third venue was Woodhall Spa and the CEO was on-site during the meeting.
It was reported by AG that disposal of the Endeavour buggy and trailer was being problematic and this continues.
The committee agreed to give AG Life Membership and decided to have a new trophy called the “Greasley Cup” to be awarded to the best Gross performance of a Wheelchair Golfer at The Handigolf Nationals. AG was very pleased with these recommendations.