|LET is supporting ISPS Handa and Blind & Disabled golf. We are currently following the progression of some pupils from The Golf Academy. This one is the first blog from Matthew Spellar, who suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa. This is another story about overcoming adversity when it finds you.|
LET is supporting ISPS Handa and Blind & Disabled golf. ISPS Handa, one of our main sponsors, has fostered partnerships with Ladies European Tour among others golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.
Over the coming months, we will continue following the progression of some pupils from The Golf Academy and here we present a new story from Matthew Spellar. We contacted Matthew who is currently following the advice of Craig Thomas, director of The Golf Academy. He tells us his story here:
Matthew getting ready at the Golf Academy
A Bit about Myself
"My name is Matthew Spellar. I was born on 15th May 1985 in Sutton Coldfield which is north of Birmingham. In 2003 I was diagnosed with an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This means the pigment at the back of the retinas have been affected by disease and my eyesight is slowly deteriorating. The condition has also led to me having no vision in the dark and also being colour blind."
Getting Started in Sport and Golf
"I first got involved in sport when I started working on a voluntary basis at a Short Circuit Motor Racing Organisation. I started playing golf when I was 11 and I have played golf on a regular basis ever since. I continue to play golf at my club and to take part in club competitions with members who have full vision. My eyesight is continuing to deteriorate and I now have to rely on other members lining me up on the tee and fairways. They also have to show me where my ball lands."
A bit about my Clubs
"My clubs are Taylor Made R11 Irons with Graphite Shafts as these are easier for me to see than steel shafts. My putter is a Taylor Made Ghost as this is easier for me to recognise than any other putters. My 3 Iron Hybrid and 4 Wood are both Taylor Made Burners as I find that the white heads on the clubs are easier for me to see than other clubs on the market."
My Aims and Goals for 2013
"Aims for 2013 – I will be starting the golf season with a handicap of 28 at my current club Marston Lakes and a handicap of 24 when I play in EWBGA events. I would like to reduce my handicap this season by at least 4 shots this season. In 2013 I am also taking my Level 1 PGA Voluntary Coach qualification on 12-13 March at Bromsgrove Golf Club. I have also on a voluntary basis been helping Craig Thomas at The Golf Academy in teaching young disabled people how to play golf."
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo. ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world. ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf. ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s commercial and philanthropic investment in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
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