World title for Potters Bar blind golfer

PUBLISHED: 10:02 05 August 2012

Pieta Le Roux on the course at Potters Bar Golf Club

Pieta Le Roux on the course at Potters Bar Golf Club

POTTERS Bar blind golfer Pieta Le Roux has added another honour to his growing trophy cabinet – a world crown.

The South African was the overall winner of the World Blind Golf Championship, held in Nova Scotia, Canada, on July 16 and 17.

It follows success in the British and Canadian Opens, and the English Blind Golf Matchplay Championship, which the Potters Bar Edition reported on in May.

To celebrate his success, Potters Bar Golf Club – where Pieta has been a member since last year – is hosting a specially-organised day for visitors to find out a bit more about blind golf.

The event is a joint effort by the Darkes Lane club and Potters Bar borough councillor Peter Knell.

Both parties are hoping the publicity will make others with disabilities want to come and play the sport.

In fact, Pieta’s success just goes to show how successful a disabled golfer can be and club chairman Alan Summers wants him to be an inspiration.

He told the Potters Bar Edition: “Pieta just walked in one day and had a word with me and we were more than happy to have him as a member here.

“I have an affinity with disability myself because my daughter is disabled so we were never going to turn him away.

“We provided him with some new clubs and we were one of his sponsors as he went away entering various competitions.

“He is extremely talented and we want to hold a presentation for him to mark his success.”

Alan said: “Hopefully we can bring in other local disabled players to come in and play a bit of golf.

“We are going to put on a dinner and let any visitors watch Pieta hit a few golf balls and show what can be done even if you are disabled.

“It is an incredible golfing feat what Pieta has done, we have a golfing champion here in Potters Bar.”

The event will take place on Thursday, August 30 from 3pm.

For more information call the club on 01707 652020.

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