Blind golf champion joins Potters Bar club

PUBLISHED: 13:57 21 February 2011

Alan Summers shakes hand with new member Peita LeRoux

Alan Summers shakes hand with new member Peita LeRoux

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POTTERS Bar Golf Club has added another champion to its growing list of illustrious members.

Alan Summers and Peita LeRoux

A GOLF club has added another all-conquering champion to its list of illustrious members.

Potters Bar Golf Club has welcomed its newest member, blind golf champion Peita LeRoux, who moved to the town in January.

Now the club has pledged to do all it can to help Peita retain his British championship title and win back the World championship for a second time.

Peita, 37, moved to Potters Bar to be closer to his work as a physiotherapist at Priory Grange – a residential unit for physically disabled adults in Barnet Road.

“I’m loving it in Potters Bar,” he said. “It’s much more rural than London and much easier for me to get to work.

“The guys at the club are unbelievably friendly, and as soon as I played my fist round I was immediately introduced to the chairman and me and my wife became members.”

Peita suffers from Macular Degeneration, a condition which gradually causes the loss of central vision, and started losing his sight at the age of eight.

It wasn’t until he was 12 that he first picked up a golf club.

“I’ve never seen the flight of a golf ball,” said Peita. “I’ve no idea what that looks like.”

Peita is helped out on the course by Elmarie, his wife and caddie, who describes the terrain and the length and direction from the pin to him.

Their teamwork has seen them win the South African blind golf championship seven times, British championship twice and the World championship once – although they narrowly lost out on a second world title in 2010 in a play-off.

Now his new club in Darkes Lane has pledged to do all it can to help Peita get to, and hopefully win, the upcoming World and British championships.

Chairman Alan Summers said: “Peita’s a full member of the club – we like him and it’s nice having him around.

“We’re going to be raising money wherever we can. From the club, from the club members and local businesses.

“He’s a Potters Bar boy and we want to help him out.”


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