Changing the lives of people with disability through the power of Golf
EDGA currently has a membership of 34 National Federations. EDGA members are now located worldwide with 36% of the membership located beyond Europe. Recent members include Golf Australia, New Zealand Golf, The Indian Golf Union, The Costa Rica Golf Association, The Argentina Golf Association, Golf South Africa, The Israeli Golf Association, The Lebanese Golf Federation and Golf Canada.
EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation, active in the promotion and delivery of opportunities to sample, participate and compete in golf. EDGA provides advice relating to golf for disabled players to The R&A, The International Golf Federation, The European Tour and The European Golf Association on golf for the disabled.
Focusing on growing the game, EDGA has designed and implemented coach education programmes for delivery in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and golf clubs. All of these initiatives are available to the members of EDGA, as are protocols for tournament administration, definitions of impairment and other programmes which are available to grow the number of golfers with disability around the world.
First Putts and a Long Game: How EDGA was Formed
EDGA's Director of General Affairs, Pieter van Duijn was one of the three initiators and one of the seven founders of EDGA in 2000. “It was the wild west out there,” says Pieter who had been working for golfers with disabilities since 1996. “There were no rules of who was allowed to play in the tournaments. There was no uniformity of what a disability was and how it affects someone’s ability to play the game.”
It soon became apparent that each country had its own way of doing things. There was a variety of opinions that would eventually need to be harmonised if real progress was to be made. “There was a lack of knowledge about the game, and everybody brought their own ego. One country would say, we do this or that in a bunker, someone else would say they all had a Mulligan on the first tee, and so it was. It was like the wild west with everybody doing their own thing.” Despite their differences, all agreed about the necessity of developing a European organization.
Read and listen to the story of how EDGA got started and how the early pioneers overcame the many obstacles using patience and perseverance. EDGA's Pieter van Duijn and Helena Brobeck from the Swedish Golf Federation reveal all during an interview with EDGA’s Tony Bennett. See full Interview
EDGA relies on a rapidly growing team of international disability assessors comprising of volunteer doctors and physical therapists who are required to attend Tournaments all around the world. EDGA would also not function without the commitment of the core teams which includes the Board of Directors. View the EDGA Team Page