Handigolfer Greg Jackson has become the second wheelchair golfer to become a Club Captain. Greg took up his position this season and below is an extract from his page on the website of Brailsford Golf Club in the south of Derbyshire
“Well, isn’t life a roller coaster of ups and downs? After breaking my back in a motorbike accident when I was 21, I never thought in a million years that I would even be able to play golf at all, let alone become the Captain of a club! It is only six years ago that I discovered playing golf was even possible and ever since that day on the range when I hit my first shot high and straight past the 100 yard marker I knew I was completely hooked and no amount of subsequent duffers could put me off! I couldn’t wait to get out onto a course and join a club. I approached several clubs but was refused permission to take my buggy onto the greens by some of them. However, when I approached Brailsford, I immediately sensed a more welcoming, friendly atmosphere and when the club even offered to store my buggy for me I was absolutely thrilled. Initially, I just played the course by myself but through the friendliness of the members it wasn’t long before I was invited to join the Monday morning group which gave me the chance to meet and play with all the other members. The rest, as they say, is history!
So, it is with great honour that I accept this captaincy. It is extremely rare for a wheelchair golfer to be made Captain of a golf club which reflects the philosophy of inclusivity of this club”.