Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to those of that you do not know me.
I have been a member of Kampenhout Golf since 2016 certain of you would have seen me playing rather differently to how I’m playing now. I was a previous finalist of the Beker van Vlaanderen, always played interclubs (club & mid-am) and had a handicap of 10 which has dropped to 14 but let me explain why.
On the 12th March 2019 my life was turned into turmoil when a neurological problem left me paralysed, not only did I lose my independence but also my income, family & friends.
After a 4 month stay in hospital doing rehabilitation every day, I was released to be an ambulant patient for another year. (Kiné, rehabilitation & life continues…)
During this time I discovered Android34 who helped me get back into golf using a paragolfer (many of you may have seen the paragolfer on the course or in the locker rooms). Unfortunately Android34 stopped its golf program due to covid-19, but I was offered to buy one of the paragolfers which I was not able to do
Thanks to Mobicart Paramotion, HeroOnSocks,(Socks available in our golf shop) g-sport Vlaanderen and a ladies day at Kempense we were able to purchase two of the paragolfers. One is at Kampenhout and I delivered the other one to Damme last month.
Last year Golf Vlaanderen set up a specialised program for g-golfers playing on the EDGA tour (European Disabled Golf Association) I’m currently the only seated golfer playing in the top category in Belgium, (Strokeplay) and at the end of last season I was ranked Nr 4 in the world. Unfortunately I’ve been overtaken by Americans and Australians who have been allowed to participate in competitions during the covid-19 period while all of ours have been cancelled. I’m currently 219th in the world rankings of all disabled golfers & 5th in the world ranking of seated golfers.
My goal this year is to try and be the Nr.1 Seated golfer in Europe, so in order to do that I need to play in European events for ranking points on the WR4DG
I’m actively playing weekend competitions at Kampenhout off white tees, and will continue to do so, I’ve also been featured in the begolf magazine so if you see me come over and say hello, and follow me on Intagram @graham.freeman.paragolfer
Golf enables me to get out of the house and have a little bit of enjoyment; it allows me to play against abled players and compete on the same level (What other sport integrates the disabled this well?) Thank you to Kampenhout Golf Club for the way they have accommodated me this season it is really appreciated.