Jacklin named as deaf golf patron
The four-time European Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin, has been named as a patron of the English Deaf Golf Association.
Jacklin, who is hearing-impaired, said he has taken on the role to help increase awareness and exposure of deaf and hearing-impaired golf, and encourage more people to take up the game.
“It is vital that we work to promote the game to all members of the community and I am keen to see deaf golf get the profile, support and backing that it needs to develop effectively,” said the 1969 Open champion.
“It amazes me that deaf golfers in this country are not supported on a par with their hearing counterparts, and I plan to give my full backing to the association and hope to help them achieve their goal.”
Jacklin has been hearing impaired for over 25 years and wears a hearing aid device on both sides, which he claims has improved his golf as sound is an important factor in how well he thinks he has struck the ball.
Ben Stephens, secretary of the English Deaf Golf Association, said: “It is fantastic to have someone of Tony’s standing and reputation onboard. Deaf golf has, for too many years, been struggling to raise its profile and encourage more people into its events and activities. Now, with the additional support that we will receive from Tony and his team, we feel that we will be able to take things to the next level and increase our profile and reach.”