History Maker

Louth Village golfer Brendan Lawlor will make history tomorrow at The Belfry golf course when he becomes the first ever disabled golfer to play in the European Tour. Brendan will tee off at the ISPS Handa UK Championship alongside huge names like Lee Westwood as well as major winners Danny Willett and Martin Kaymar.
The 23-year old was born with Ellis van-Creveld Syndrome, a rare bone growth disorder that leads to shorter limbs. He has been making waves on the local golf circuit for a number of years but his star has shone even brighter since joining the EDGA tour in 2017.
Brendan who is 4ft 11’ is currently number four in the ‘Official World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD)’ and in recent seasons he has won the German Disabled Open and G-GOLF Knockout during the European Tour’s Belgian Knockout as well as a big win at the 36 hole EDGA Scottish Open in 2019.
That form caught the eye of One Direction star Niall Horan’s fledgling golf management company and just under a year ago the talented Louth Village man signed a professional contract with Modest Golf.
Brendan has attracted a number of big sponsors over the past twelve months including American Golf and ISPS Handa and it was through his association with the latter that he received an invitation to the tournament with the Japanese company a huge supporter of disabled golf. It is an exciting time for disability golf with the European Tour expected to announce plans for a full European Disability Tour by 2021.
There was more good news recently for Brendan when he was made an honorary member of Carton House which means that the 1100-acre Kildare course will become his new home for golf for the next twelve months. Brendan will have access to two of Ireland’s finest championship golf courses, the classic parkland O’Meara and the inland links Montgomerie, as well as the professional driving range and leisure and dining facilities of this award-winning club.
The ISPS Handa UK Championship in the Belfry can be seen live on Sky Sports from Thursday to Sunday.

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