Suffolk golf star Paul Waring needs your help to play in the Deaflympics

Paul Waring is one of the best golfers in Suffolk

Paul Waring is one of the best golfers in Suffolk - Credit: Archant

Paul Waring of Suffolk and Felixstowe Ferry and Steven Cafferty from Scotland have been selected to represent Great Britain in the 23rd Summer Deaflympics to be held at Samsun in Turkey between July 18 and 30.

This event takes place once every four years. It started in 1924 when called the Silent Games and nine countries took part. Since then it has been called World Games for the Deaf. There will be 109 countries represented in 21 different sports. It is the first time that golf has been included.

Deaflympic has no funding for Great Britain athletes despite it being an IOC-sanctioned event. Compare this with backing for the Olympics of £274 million and for the Paralympics of £73 million in which there are no events exclusively for the deaf. Perhaps a bit of pressure needs to be applied to IOC.

The GB Deaflympic team Golf Team is trying to raise £7500 to enable them to travel fully funded. The squad is Waring, Cafferty and team manager Stuart Harrison.

There will be 36 holes of stroke play with the top 32 entering the match play stage (subject to number of entries).


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Twenty-year-old Waring, who plays off plus one, was runner-up in the 2016 World Deaf Championship. Cafferty finished fourth. Waring is current European Deaf champion.

Waring plans to play in the Midland Youth Championship at Stoke Rochford and join the GB squad to fly to Turkey the following day.

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He should be back in England in time to play in the English Amateur Championship at The Berkshire between August 1 to 6. He will be available for all Suffolk’s Anglian League fixtures.

More dates on Waring’s diary include the fifth European Deaf Golf Championship at Ganton between August 24 and 26 with a practice day on August 23 when he defends his title. The only Suffolk clash is with the semi-final of the Hambro Cup.

Perth-born Cafferty, aged 27, plays off a handicap of two at Heritage Links Golf Club at East Kilbride. He has represented Scotland, as part of the Scottish Deaf Golf Association’s team, since 2010 when his Scotland team became the first European country to win the World Team title, with Steven and team mate David Ewen finishing in first and second place in the individual competition.

Having picked up the sport at the age of five, Steven attained his first handicap aged 11. Having moved to Glasgow he now works in East Kilbride at the American Golf Centre of Excellence.

Being part of the Scotland Deaf Golf Association has been hugely important to Steven. He is the fundraising officer for the group as well as their star man on the course.

It is not known whether World Deaf champion, former German professional Allen John, will be competing in Turkey.

Samsun hopes to establish itself as a golfing centre using reclaimed land. They have just built the largest nine-hole course in Turkey over 250 acres including two lakes to host the golf Deaflympics.

Samsun is a Black Sea port 560 miles from the border of Syria with a population of half a million. It is said to be “non-political, quiet and conservative.”

It was from where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk started his war of independence in 1919. It hosted the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in 2015.

Their football team, Samsunspor, is struggling in the second tier of Turkish football. In 1998 they beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on aggregate in the InterToto Cup before losing to Werder Bremen.

How to help

There are options of text, Just Giving or company sponsorship. The Text number for donations is GBDG50 followed by donation (maximum £10) to 70070

Paul Waring, and his father Steve, are trying to find corporate sponsors. They can be contacted on warings4@sky.com

Team manager Harrison has set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stuart-Harrison23

- Andrew Collison of Bungay won the second of five Suffolk PGA Winter League events with a round of three under par 67 at Southwold. He had four birdies and one dropped shot. Brad Wilkins (Stonham Barns) was runner-up with 69. After two events Wilkins leads Collison by one shot.

Host professional Andrew Robinson and Rushmere trainee Will Farley both had 72.

The remaining three Winter League events are scheduled for Rushmere on March 7, Felixstowe Ferry on March 21 and Royal Worlington on April 3.

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