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The WTGF successfully hosts the 1st ever World Transplant Virtual Golf Challenge


Golf has been one of the largest represented sports at the World Transplant Games for the last 30+ years. Transplant athletes from around the world, of all ages and abilities, traditionally come together to celebrate life through the game of Golf.

After a worldwide pandemic haltered the opportunity for our transplant community to come together in the usual way, the World Transplant Games Federation launched its first-ever World Transplant Virtual Golf Challenge.

The virtual Golf Challenge, open to both Transplant Recipients and the extended Transplant Community (Living Donor, Donor family, Health Professional, Family, Friends) brought keen and new golfers from around the world to compete against each other in a Strokeplay Medal Competition format. All handicap bands were welcomed, with golfers encouraged to ‘Swing into action and play’’ and once again celebrate the gift of life.

Teeing off at the beginning of August, the challenge ran for 3 months allowing golfers to play on their preferred local 18-hole golf course, and submit multiple scores during the challenge period, with their best score being added to the weekly Leaderboard.

The challenge was well received by our global community with participation from 53 golfers, representing 14 countries with a total of 167 rounds of golf played during the challenge period.

Adding some fun to the Challenge was the addition of a Pitch & Putt category, fun prize giveaways, most rounds played and a best averages competition for golfers playing 5 rounds or more.

Great prizes were on offer with branded WTGF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded to the Top 3 positions in each category and handicap band. Additional prizes included signed Lee Westwood Caps, WTGF branded Polo Shirts and luxury golf Gift Boxes.

We saw some impressive scores being submitted with some golfers reporting having played their best rounds of golf in their life. Other feedback from players include:

 

“Such a great event seeing scores come in from around the world week by week, I really enjoyed it!”
Charles Dyson – United Kingdom

 

“Thanking you for all you do for us transplanted athletes”
Fabiano and Valérie Paratore – Switzerland

 

“I have found it a very good initiative to have organized the World Transplant Virtual Golf Challenge, something that in my opinion should continue to be done” Carlos Iglesias Souto – Spain

“Thank you for the wonderful golf event, it was good fun”
Lloyd Perry – South Africa

 

The WTGF plan to host more virtual Golf challenges, and other virtual sports challenges in the near future.

 

Click on the button below to view the final Leaderboards for all categories and handicap band.

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