Tom Beard plays for the England Golf Disabled Team
It has been a brilliant year so far, off the back of my hard work last year I gained a place in the England Disabled Golf Team (@EDGT). Being a Club Foot golfer is a challenge within itself, but this brought along many more challenges to over come, the biggest of which was being selected to play against France in Dunkirk. This was a huge honour to represent my country for the first time, and it was an extremely close match coming down to me holing a 10 foot putt on the 18th green. This meant that our 6 man squad beat France, the reigning European Champions on French soil, which was incredible!
My next challenge was competing in The England Disabled Open, at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club. This was the third time playing in this event with me getting my best finish, ending the tournament in 5th place. This was a great feat to compete against the best players Great Britain has to offer, also others from further afield such as Sweden and France. This has cemented my place in the England squad, and qualified me to enter into The Portugal Disabled Open (Algarve Open) to play against the top 60 players in the world. The tournament takes place on 23rd – 25th November 2017. I am so proud to be representing my club and country abroad and to gain my first ever World Ranking position!
My future aspirations are to continue to progress in the England Team, and one day be picked for Team GB at the Paralympic games; once golf gets the bid accepted for the 2024 games.