Brendan reflects on dream week at the Belfry

Louth Village man Brendan Lawlor believes it is a case of ‘Mission Accomplished’ after making his historic debut on the European Golf Tour last Thursday. The 22 year old who has a rare condition called Ellis-van Creveld syndrome which is characterised by a shorter stature and shorter limbs, became the first disabled golfer to appear on the European Tour when he competed at the ISPS Handa UK Championship at the Belfry.
Although he didn’t make the cut Brendan received huge exposure making headlines all over the world and receiving supportive messages from the likes of Greg Norman and Hollywood star Jamie Dornan. According to Brendan his main aim was to shine some light on disability golfers and given the fact he did get so much exposure he believes he achieved what he set out to do.
“To be honest the score was secondary really. I really wanted to promote disability golf and maybe even inspire guys with disabilities to show that they too can have success in the game and I have to say that given the exposure I received it was one of the best weeks ever for disability golf,” stated Brendan.
“It was such a surreal few days and I am absolutely exhausted after it but I had so much fun and really enjoyed playing with Richard McEvoy and Jeff Winthers who couldn’t have been nicer. They were very encouraging and treated me like their equal which was fantastic. I was nervous on the first hole but I absolutely ripped my drive down the middle and then when I got a birdie on the third hole I was thinking to myself this is going great! It’s such a tough course though and I was hitting it maybe fifty yards shorter than the other guys so it was a bit of a struggle thereafter and I didn’t make the cut. But as I said scoring was not the important thing for me last week. I think disability golf has taken a big step forward and I am hopeful that a full tour will be announced at some stage in the future.
There was more good news last week for Brendan when it was announced that he was teaming up with golf giants Taylor Made who will supply all his equipment and golf balls going forward. Brendan was understandably delighted to link up with Taylor Made and spoke of his joy at teaming up with the company.
“I cannot thank TaylorMade enough for all they are doing to support all areas of the game including disability golf. TaylorMade really are leading the way in promoting inclusivity in golf and I could not be prouder to be a part of that movement. They are treating me the same as they would Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy and that is just brilliant from my point of view,” stated Brendan.
Next up for the busy Louth Village man is the Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour which starts this Thursday.

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