Harrington hails

Irish ace hosts golfers with learning difficulties

Golfmagic News
Fri, 25 May 2012

Harrington hails

Golfers from Special Olympics Great Britain were hosted by their ambassador Padraig Harrington and the European Tour at Wentworth on the opening day of BMW PGA Championship, receiving an exclusive putting clinic from the three time major winner.

Mikael Undrom, 25, from Cobham, George Hutchings, 20, from Shipston-on-Stour, Beth Wragg, 35, from Stourbridge, Marco Pasquale Fusco, 42,  from Wolverhampton and 17-year-old Bobbie Wright from Widnes were selected from 160 SOGB Golfers with intellectual disabilities from around the UK.

“Meeting Padraig made it one of the best days of my life,” said Mikael, whom with his colleagues was also treated to lunch and a private tour of the clubhouse.

Harrington revealed that he is on a mission to recruit more Special Olympics golf coaches and create interest in developing additional opportunities for golfers with learning diffculties.

?“This has genuinely been a highlight for me. Every golfer has a handicap, and every golfer comes out to play their best. These golfers are an inspiration for me,” he said.

Special Olympics is the only member of the Olympic family that has embraced golf across the world for the past ten years. the organisation is hoping the game will become not just an Olympic sport in 2016 but part of the Paralympics in 2020.

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