Disability Golfers take team honours at The Social Golfer OPEN 2024

Disability golfers representing The Cairns Cup win team event

In the 15th annual outing for The Social Golfer OPEN 2024 at Bletchingley Golf Club in Surrey, more than fifty golfers from all over the south-east gathered to compete and raise money for the upcoming Cairns Cup 2024 – Disability Golf’s Premier Matchplay event in Detroit, Michigan this summer.

The TSG OPEN Championship, played over eighteen holes rewarded the golfers ‘on form’ with Individual Stableford competitions for Men and Women, and a Yellow Ball team competition. 

The latter being won by the disability golfers representing The Cairns Cup 2024 European Team.

Winning Team at The Social Golfer Open 2024

This included Iain Millar (Brain Injury) who will be teeing up in Detroit in the hope to bring back the much-coveted cup, played between USA and Europe bi-annually and Jason Croucher (Muscular Dystrophy) who is hoping to make the 2026 team.

However, this event also saw us add some fun to the serious competition, with a Sound System playing Motown Tunes on the 18th Green, a two-course American style BBQ and the ONE ARMED CHIP (sponsored by GoGoGo Sport Rangefinders).

In addition, the members guests on the day played for the now ‘famous’ GOLF NEWS MAGAZINE – GUEST TROPHY!

The partnership between The Social Golfer & The Cairns Cup (now in its fourth year) saw the attendees raise over £3K for disability golf on the day, providing much needed funds for the team to get to Michigan and for their supportive carers. 

With golf clubs including the prestigious West Hill GC, Sundridge Park, The Shire, The Inspiration, Hanbury Manor, Wentworth and many more, donating a fourball voucher to the raffle table.


Phil Meadows at The Social Golfer Open

The Social Golfer OPEN Championship – The Winners

Commenting on the day, the Women’s winner Chrissy Peacham saidHow exciting, I have never won a golf event before, this is a fantastic golf day and for an amazing cause. Big thanks to all the sponsors and donors. I cannot wait to defend my title!”

Jason Croucher – Team Captain for The Stooges (Motown Theme) said “I am so proud to win the Golf News Magazine – Guest Trophy. A massive thank you to The Social Golfer team for an amazing event and good luck to all The Cairns Cup players this year in Michigan.”

Women’s Trophy…

1st – Chrissy Peacham (Essex) 39 Pts, 2nd – Ruth Brand (Sussex) 35 Pts

Men’s Trophy…

1st – Sam Cooke (Kent) 35 Pts (on countback), 2nd – John Moody (Bucks) – 35 Pts, 3rd – Steve Slater (Herts) – 34 Pts

Golf News Guest Trophy…

1st – Jason Croucher (Cambs) – 35 Pts, 2nd – Phil Meadows – 34 Pts

THE ONE ARM CHIP – John Donaldson (London) on countback

NP (2nd hole) – Kim Brand (Sussex)

NP (17th Hole) – Sam Swanscott (Kent)

NP in two (8th hole) – Matt Steele (Sussex)

Straightest Drive (9th hole) – Judy Lilley (Kent) 

Yellow Ball Team Winners – Jason Croucher (Cambs), Rich White, Cass Stevens (Essex) & Phil Meadows


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