Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Heading Down under; David Wins Place in World Final for Deaf GOLF NOTES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Heading Down under; David Wins Place in World Final for Deaf GOLF NOTES

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TEES Valley golfer David Hugill is heading Down Under to represent England in a major international golf event.

The 42-year-old from North Ormesby in Middlesbrough is competing in the World Deaf Golf Championship in Perth, Australia.

David, who plays off an England Deaf Golf Association handicap of 12, can't wait to take on the world's best deaf players.

He said: "This is going to be fantastic as I am the first deaf person in the North-east to play in the world championships. Being deaf is an advantage at golf as there are no distractions and you can really concentrate on your game."

David is going to Perth as one of England's team of six and cemented his place in the side after four days of gruelling competition at one of the country's most demanding new courses, Wychwood Park in Cheshire.

David scored rounds of 79, 73, 71 and 81 over the tight, mostly heathland, course.

He said: "Wychwood is a beautiful course but very challenging. The ground was hard on both the greens and the fairways, and it was very windy throughout the whole four days so it proved very difficult to accurately place the ball.

"Everyone in the competition found it tough.

I did very well, until the fourth and final day when nerves started to get the better of me.

That, coupled with the wind, made for a frustrating day's golf.

"The four-day competition was certainly a good experience but I was quite disappointed with my final placing.

"However, due to my overall performance in all the competitions and training exercises I was picked to play as part of the six-man England team, which is brilliant. I'm delighted and really looking forward to it."

David works for Darlington Borough Council as a community support worker with deaf and blind clients.

He is currently captain of the Tees Deaf Golf Society, which has about 30 members who compete monthly on golf courses throughout the Tees Valley.

David has played golf since he was 12 and is now busily raising pounds 3,000 in sponsorship he needs to fund his trip to Australia. …

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