Duncan Hamilton-Martin fired a superb 71 to win the 2011 Disabled British Open at East Sussex National over the weekend, claiming the title for the second time after his win in 2009.
The 54 year old, from Esher, plays off a three-handicap and fought back from a disappointing quadruple bogey start to record a remarkable first round gross 74, two over par.
And his title-clinching second round one under par 71 was enough to win the tournament, which was supported by The European Tour and The R&A, by an impressive nine shots, ahead of second-placed Robert Paul, from Kent.
“It was great; the course was set up superbly,” said Hamilton-Martin, an amputee who lost one leg below his knee, afterwards.
“The greens were quick, but not scarily quick, which made it very playable. It was absolutely magnificent.
“This is a brilliant all-inclusive event. Everyone can play and everybody has a great time.
“I watched a bit of the junior event too and it was fantastic. That’s the future. Hopefully that will get bigger and bigger.”
The inaugural Junior Disabled British Open, also played over two days, was won by 13 year old Frankie Jones, from Welshpool, who has cerebral palsy.
The 28 handicapper recorded Stableford scores of 42 and 41 points for a two-round total of 83, one point ahead of his nearest rival, Kent’s Jack Holland, who is 12 years of age.
The main tournament is also divided into three golfing handicap categories: up to 12 in category one; 13-20 in category two; and 21 to 28 in category three.
1 Duncan Hamilton-Martin (St George’s Hill) 145
2 Robert Paul (Westgate & Birchington) 154
1 Andy Gardiner (Banbury)
2 Duncan Hamilton-Martin (St George’s Hill)
3 Robert Paul (Westgate & Birchington)
1 Alan Jackson (Romford)
2 Tony Lloyd (Horsehay Village)
3 Steve Haxton (Craigie Hill)
1 David Walker (Westgate & Birchington)
2 Keith Wallace (Forest Hills)
3 Scott Richardson (Stockwood)
Junior Disabled British Open result:
1 Frankie Jones, 83 points
2 Jack Holland, 82
3 Ben Jones, 71
Photo caption: From left to right: Robert Paul, runner-up, overall gross championship and third place in Category 1; Andy Gardiner, winner, Category 1; Steve Haxton, third, Category 2; Keith Wallace, runner-up, Category 3 Stableford; Duncan Hamilton-Martin, runner-up Category 1 nett and winner of the overall gross championship; Scott Richardson, third place, Category 3 Stableford; David Walker, winner, Category 3 Stableford; Alan Jackson, winner, Category 2; Taylor Lloyd, son and caddie for Tony Lloyd; Tony Lloyd, runner-up, Category 2.