Fun again at our Festival of Inclusive Golf at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course, Trumpington, Cambridge on Friday.  Five teams totalling 21 players, of varied abilities, played the beautiful par 3 9-hole course – a green oasis only a mile from the centre of Cambridge, on a lovely August evening.  And then celebrated with an outdoor barbecue, provided by our wonderful host, Bob Barnes.

The competition – and I use the term very loosely, because Power2Inspire’s purpose is to play together in a fun and friendly atmosphere – uses Texas Scramble rules.  Each group plays as a team, which encourages teamwork and helping each other, as the team score counts for each hole – the lowest overall score, wins.  Each player hits every shot.  After the first shots, the team chooses the ball they wish to use for their second shots and the other players pick up their balls and move them to adjacent to the selected ball.  They all then play their second shot, and the process repeats, down to the final putts.  This means all team members get to participate.  To add a twist, we insist that each team must select each team member’s first shot, on at least two holes, adding a tactical element as a good shot from a weaker player may be the preferred shot to select.

This year we added the fun of “Mulligan balloons”.  For a fiver, each team could have a bunch of 8 balloons. The team could decide that any player could replay a shot, with no penalty, by popping a balloon.  This created the extraordinary sound around the course of popping balloons as shots tumbled into ditches, bunkers or the lakes!

David Carlisle, a keen and talented young golfer, won the nearest-the-pin competition, at the sixth, beating my effort which was on line until a pesky bunker snaffled my ball.  And the Carlton Club, a team comprising Mark and Becca Thornton, Hugh and David Carlisle, came through with the lowest score.  Congratulations to them.

Big thanks to all our volunteers, including newcomers Mark and Paula Slater who judged the nearest-the-pin competition, who played, registered, and even cooked the barbecue.  Thanks to my teammates Richard and Brian, and to the Mayers and our friend Daniel, whom you can read more about here.

I assured Mark Thornton we will repeat the event next year and hopefully make it bigger, because he says:

“This is one of my favourite events of the year!”

If you’re now inspired for Inclusive Sport then do join us at our next big event:

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John Willis

CEO & Founder, Power2Inspire