Daniel Rornes becomes 2020 disability golf champion

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 8, 2020 11:28

Daniel Rornes has won this year’s Paragolfing Championships in Denmark.

Hosted at Hørsholm Golf Course, the two-day tournament saw professionals and amateurs with either physical or learning disabilities showcase their skills on the course.

Daniel, who only has one hand, was competing for the first time. He said the conditions on the green were less than perfect after epic rainfall just days before.

“This year was my debut. I was contacted by the chairman of the Danish ParaGolf Union. He had seen my registered scores this season and seeing that I was on the mailing list he gave me a call and encouraged me to sign up for the tournament. I’m glad I did!”

Golfing from the age of seven, Daniel grew up in the USA, where he reluctantly caddied for his father. Playing was more his game, and soon he picked up his own clubs. Regardless of his disability, he was quickly scoring better than peers twice his age. Despite his golfing talent, after his family moved to Denmark, Daniel decided to play softball at school instead, seeing him and his teammates in national tournaments. Golf was more ‘for fun’, and after playing for decades, his passion for golf never waned.

Paragolfing, or disability golf, has been growing in popularity and recognition over the decades and the major golf associations across the world host tournaments that aim to create more exposure and show how accessible the game is.

Jamie Blair, England Golf disability manager, explains: “Growing the game of golf is about growing the game for all. We work with golf clubs to be more inclusive, more accessible and better connected to disabled people in their local community.”

Daniel is part of the team at CardsSafe, which is growing in UK golf clubs at the moment.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 8, 2020 11:28
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