The first World Deaf Golf Championships took place here at Forest of Arden on 6-9th August 1995.
On this occasion, the USA were overall champions taking both the men’s individual and team titles home.
Hot favourite Doren Granberry, a scratch golfer from California won the individuals by a single shot after bagging 7 birdies and an eagle. He almost threw it all away - he was leading comfortably after three rounds when he arrived at the notorious Par-4 16th Hole with a menacing pond waiting for him beside the green. He shot twice into the water to score 9 for the hole but he kept his cool on the last two holes to keep his closes rivals Eric Brumm (USA) and Denver Magnusson (Australia) at bay.
Denver who was 19 years of age and a 4 handicapper at the time, saw his birdie chance at the last hole curl round the cup! If it had sunk, it would have forced a play-ff with Doren!
What an exciting finale 25 years ago! And we hope to have another close-run encounter again this time as many players are evenly matched.
What many people do not know is that the event almost never came to Forest of Arden in the first place as the original organiser, Kevin Whalley takes up the story
“ We had booked to go to St Pierre in South Wales, but at the very last minute they realised that they had double booked us with another event ! Luckily, we were offered the Forest of Arden as an alternative choice – I am very glad that we took it!”
Many of the players in that original line up of 1995 are still around today and we hope to see as many of them as possible to join us in 2020 as spectators and supporters to relive those memories and catch up with old friends and foe alike!
We look forward to sharing more information with you about the history of this wonderful competition over the past 25 years, so, keep coming back to check this out!
(story extracted from The Silent fairway - The History of Deaf Golf, by Kevin Whalley.)