Blind Potters Bar golfer crowned champion

PUBLISHED: 17:52 24 May 2012

Pieta and wife Elmarie in action during the Matchplay Championship in Shropshire

Pieta and wife Elmarie in action during the Matchplay Championship in Shropshire

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A BLIND Potters Bar golfer has won yet another tournament.

"I love living in Potters Bar and playing at Potters Bar Golf Club. I haven’t met an unfriendly person there."

Pieta Le Roux

Pieta Le Roux has won the English Blind Golf Matchplay Championship for the first time in his illustrious career.

The 38-year-old, who has been a member of Potters Bar Golf Club in Darkes Lane since 2011, claimed a comfortable 5&3 victory over John Eakin in the final at Patshull Park Hotel in Shropshire last week.

It was Pieta’s first tournament win since joining Potters Bar in February last year – and he dedicated his victory both to the club and its chairman Alan Summers.

“The golf club has really supported me, especially Alan Summers, who came to me and said they would really like me to play at Potters Bar,” said Pieta.

“He’s been a great friend and given me sponsorship, which has helped a lot.

“I love living in Potters Bar and playing at Potters Bar Golf Club. I haven’t met an unfriendly person there.”

Club chairman Mr Summers added: “It’s fantastic for Pieta and it’s fantastic for the local area. It’s great to have him at the golf club and to help him go forward.

“I’m very proud of him.”

South African-born Pieta started losing his sight at the age of eight through Macular Degeneration – a condition which gradually causes the loss of central vision.

He didn’t pick up a golf club until he was 12.

He is guided around the course by wife and caddie Elmarie, who describes the terrain, and the length and direction from the pin to him.

Now with the matchplay crown won, Pieta’s next goal is to claim back both the British Open and World Championship titles.

“I’ve played in the British Open three times and on three occasions I’ve won,” said Pieta.

“Hopefully I can make it four out of four.”

Pieta will then travel to Canada for the World Blind Golf Championship in Novia Scotia. He won the tournament in 2009, and lost out in a play off in 2010.

“Hopefully in 2012 I can claim my trophy back,” he said.

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