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Mike Rolls (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking: 31st
• Current Victorian Amputee Open Winner
• 3rd – 2014 World Disabled Golf Championships Teams event
Mike Rolls dedicates his resurgence with the game of golf through his father Ian, after dealing with multiple limb loss through contracting meningococcal septicaemia at a young age. Rolls’ ambition is to inspire others to take up the game, in particular juniors and women and girls. He is also a MyGolf Community Instructor and intends to work with kids with a limb difference through MyGolf.
Brendan Lawlor (IRE)
WR4GD Ranking – 4th
• Winner 2018 EDGA Czech Masters
• Winner 2019 EDGA Scottish Open
• Turned Professional in 2019
Brendan Lawlor started golf very late in life and never thought he would have the power to play the game. He entered into the game through pitch and putt / par 3 golf. He won two all Ireland’s at adult grade when he was 16 and 17. Brendan returns to Australia this year after joining the pro ranks as a Modest Golf Ambassador.
Geoff Nicholas (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking: 9th
• Member of PGA Australia - Tour member
• Played in Australian Open twice and made cut at The Australian in ‘96
• Played NZ Open twice and made cut on both occasions
• 12 time winner of both US and British Amputee Opens
Golf was the first sport Geoff Nicholas ever played, taking it up at the age of 14 - a year after his leg was amputated. At age 27 he played in his first tournament; the US Amputee Open and came second. He returned the next year and won and continued to win for 11 straight years.
Kenny Bontz (USA)
WR4GD Ranking: 6th
• 3 x National Amputee Champion (US)
• Winners - 2017 World Disabled Golf Championships (South Africa)
Kenny made the tough decision to have his left leg amputated at age 35 after learning of his bone cancer (Ewing Sarcoma) at age 19 after subsequent treatment proved to be ineffective. Winner of multiple National Amputee titles, he is moving onto his next goal in life – The first amputee to play on the PGA Champions Tour.
Adem Wahbi (BEL)
WR4GD Ranking: 10th
• Winner 2015 EDGA Portugal Open
Adem Wahbi is from a family of tennis enthusiasts, but running around the court with a leg condition was not so easy for him. Luckily he saw golf for the first time while on holiday in Morocco in a simulator in the basement of a hotel near his home Rhode-Saint-Genèse. Soon he found a golf course nearby, Golf 7 fontaines, where he could start to develop the formative skills which over the intervening years he has finely tuned.
Daphne Van Houten (NED)
WR4GD Ranking: 15th
• Current EDGA European Women’s Champion
• Winner 2018 EDGA Troia Trophy
Daphne Van Houten from the Netherlands is the first woman to play in an All Abilities PGA Tour Event in the Australian All Abilities Championship and ISPS Handa Disabled Cup. Growing up, Daphne has had to come back to golf after major surgery to address a significant scoliosis of the spine, however constant physiotherapy and treatment has made top level competitive golf a possibility, climbing inside the top 10 of the WR4GD in 2019.
Stephen Prior (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking: 29th
• Three time Australian Amputee Open Winner
• Nine times NSW Amputee Open Winner
• Top 10 Finishes in the US, British and Canadian Amputee Opens
Stephen Prior started golf at the age of 10 following his dad around the course with only a 7-iron to play with as he was left handed and his dad was right. While at school he focussed on Australian Rules Football and Tennis. After losing his hand at 17 years old, golf raced up to his No. 1 sport with the fairness and competitiveness allowed from the handicap system.
Shane Luke (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking – 12th
• 9 times Australian amputee open champion
• 2014 leading amputee golfer world championship japan.
• 2014 winner World Cup Team’s Championships
Shane Luke’s father introduced him to golf when he was 10 years old. He was into all sports until he lost his leg at age 15 to bone cancer. Shane has been able to play the game off one leg, achieving a plus handicap at Sydney’s Bankstown Golf Club in 2018. Shane maintains his mantra that golf was his rehabilitation for life.
Chad Pfeifer (USA)
WR4GD Ranking: 11th
• Winner - 2017 South African Disabled Golf Open
• Winner – 2017 World Cup of Disabled Golf (SA)
• 2016 National Amputee Golf Open winner
A decorated member of the military, where he moved up to the rank of Army Corporal, Pfeifer was deployed to Iraq in 2006. One year later, in April, 2007, his patrol vehicle he was driving hit an improvised explosive device. He ultimately had his left leg amputated above the knee. “I want to take this dream as far as I can,” said Pfeifer. “I’m representing thousands of my brothers and sisters who fought and continue to fight for our country all over the world every day.”
Mike Browne (ENG)
WR4GD Ranking: 3rd
• 2019 Czech Disabled Masters Champion
• 2018 South African Disabled Open Champion
After a training accident through serving in the British Army, Mike Browne took the difficult decision in 2013 to have his leg amputated. After 6 months of rehabilitation, Mike would find solace in golf. Working with the On-Course foundation, Mike is committed to support other men and service women through rehabilitation providing pathways into the game of golf.
Cameron Pollard (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking: 27th
• Winning the 2018 Sawtell Club Championships
• Competing in the 2018 Special Olympics National Games for the NSW golf team and having the overall best gross score over 54 holes
• Competing in the 2016 Special Olympics Macau Golf Masters for the Australian team
Cameron Pollard won this year’s club championships at Sawtell and is now an accredited community instructor for My schools and Swingfit program, and recently played in his first Pro-am event in QLD. He is working towards making a career out of golf.
Cameron is the current Special Olympics National Games Champion from this year’s National Games in Adelaide.
Tony Coates (AUS)
WR4GD Ranking: 33rd
• Runner up Australian Amputee Open 2015
• Australian Amputee Open Veteran's champion 2018
• Northern Tasmanian Veteran's Golf Association 4 ball champion 2014-2015-2016
Tony Coates started playing golf after a traumatic accident that resulted in being electrocuted (22,000 volts). After getting out of hospital his brother took him to an oval to hit some balls. Coates wasn't sure he would be able to but gave it a go and hit some OK. After additional practice Coates joined a club and won the "C" grade championship in the first 6 months.
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