Third annual championship final was held across the Brabazon and PGA National layouts
THE Belfry has shown its support for injured service personnel by hosting the third annual Battle Back Championship.
The four-time Ryder Cup host venue was the stage for 40 members of the Battle Back Golf programme to compete for prizes across two days over The Belfry’s renowned Brabazon and PGA National courses.
Founded in 2009, the Battle Back programme aims to use golf to aid successful physical and psychological rehabilitation of injured service personnel, and the annual championships provide the opportunity for these individuals to compete across two days of intense competition over world-class layouts, an aspect of life that it believes can be less accessible.
The majority of Battle Back’s golfers have ambulatory problems, so the uneven terrain of courses assists in developing their strength, coordination and stamina, while the requirements of keeping score and planning a route around the course aids psychological benefits alongside the confidence and self-esteem benefits of achieving a goal related task, such as achieving a personal first.
Major A. Barnett, chairman of Battle Back Golf, believes golf has been invaluable to helping all of the scheme’s members to progress both on and off the golf course, which is one of the key aims of the scheme.
He said: “The Battle Back Championship culminates the golf season for Battle Back Golf and the venue could not have been more perfect.
“We were all impressed by the quality of both the Brabazon and PGA National courses. Both proved to be a great test of golf and our resolve.
“The evening meal was exceptional, coupled with excellent service and an ideal setting for the presentation of our annual awards to our members.”
He added: “On arrival, we were made to feel very welcome by the staff and their professionalism and warmth should be commended. They couldn’t have been more helpful.”
Ian Knox, director of golf at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, was delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.
“We are proud to be supporters of the Battle Back Golf programme,” said Knox. “It’s great to be able to give back, in whatever way we can, to these incredible individuals who have sacrificed a lot for their country. To see them getting such enjoyment from the game of golf is just fantastic.”