‘Golf clubs should implement The R&A’s disabled rules!’
My name is Jordan Rosser, I am a disabled golfer aged 14 and I would love to tell you a little about myself and about disabled golf. I currently play off 16.4 but this is coming down every month. It has been a long road for me with the disabilities I have.
My disabilities are autism, Tourette’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder (SPD), hypermobility, knock knee, crow’s feet, fallen arches and I use a hearing aid. My knees and feet affect my golf a lot and cause a lot of pain and discomfort on the course. My autism also causes problems on the course. The R&A has adjusted rules for disabled golfers and these allow me to have a caddy and supervisor on the course. The caddy can carry my bag or push my trolley and handle my clubs but not have input into my game, the supervisor cannot touch my bag or clubs but has full input into my game. Some clubs are beginning to implement these rules but these clubs are few.
My home club is Rhondda Golf Club and it allows me to use the disabled rules to take part in mainstream competitions with the juniors and also play for the junior first team. Another club that allow me to play regularly using the rules is The Vale. The Principality Junior Wales Open also made history this year for being the first large scale junior open to use the disabled rules in its qualifier events. Southerndown, Cottrell Park and Tenby Golf Club have all agreed to use the rules for their junior opens this year.
ISPS Handa promote blind and disabled golf around the world and it is getting more into the limelight and being noticed. The message needs to go out that there are hundreds of disabled golfers out there and they need to be accommodated and the ideal would be for all clubs to implement The R&A disabled rules so as we can join in and play on a level playing field.
I play regularly with the Disabled Golf Association and last year won the Race to Wales tour, 10 events with points accrued for winning or placing (varied amounts going down according to place); I was the only junior against grown men. I also played for the Wales team against England.
My ambition in golf is to be a PGA qualified teaching pro and an ISPS Handa coach to other disabled golfers, the same as my coach Craig Thomas is, and I am currently on a four-year development plan with golfer David Pocock, who is going to be guiding me on where I need to be at age 18 to train to become a qualified pro. I currently volunteer with Valleys Golf for junior disabled and non-disabled coaching twice a week.
Golf Development Wales and ISPS Handa through Craig Thomas, its PGA pro, have taken an interest in my development. I have played in four ISPS Handa pro-ams and the ISPS Handa team I was in at the senior pro-am at Stoke by Nayland came third with myself scoring most of the team’s points with pro Pedro Linhart. Golf Development Wales also donated 200 Titliest Pro V1x balls to me, which was a massive help.
Jordan’s golfing record
Junior British Disabled Open, 2012, 4th
Disabled Golf Association, Race to Wales, Peterstone Lakes, 2013, 1st
Disabled Golf Association, Race to Wales, Brynmeadows, 2013, 1st
Disabled Golf Association, Race to Wales, Glamorganshire, 2013, 1st
Disabled Golf Association, Wales v England, (played for Wales), 2013
Pontypridd Golf Club, 2013, Outstanding Achievement
Disabled Golf Association Race to Wales Tour, 2013, overall winner
England Disabled Golf Association Race to Burhill, 2014, 1st
Rhondda Golf Club, Junior Easter Bowl 2014, 1st
Rhondda Golf Club, Gareth Hughes Plaque Medal Competition, 2014, 1st
Contact Jordan on Twitter @jays_golf
You can also see more on Jordan on the European Tour’s website at http://bit.ly/W0HYQQ