The R&A grants £15,000 to support WDGC 2018

The WDGF is pleased to announce the R&A continues to support the event, 2018 World Deaf Golf Championships with a grant of £15,000. Kevin Barker, Director – Golf Development, expressed support with his comment, “We are delighted to support the 2018 World Deaf Golf Championships to be played at Carton House, an event that we have been supporting for many years now. We hope that the event is a huge success and acts as a catalyst for others to take up the sport.” The 12th World Deaf Golf Championships will be hosted at the Carton House in Maynooth, Ireland from July 24 to 27, 2018.

The R&A has provided support for the bi-annual event in previous years at Denmark in 2016, USA in 2014, Japan in 2012, and Scotland in 2010. “On the behalf of WDGF, I am delighted that the R&A is continuing to support the World Deaf Golf Championships. This grant will reduce the green fees for competitors. We are extremely grateful to the R&A for their recognition of our tireless work in improving the quality of competition,” remarked Simeon Hart, WDGF President.

Approximately 100 golfers from 17 countries are expected to attend the tournament along with their team officials and supporters. The information is available at the WDGC 2018 website:

About The R&A

Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 140 countries and with the consent of 153 organisations from amateur and professional golf. The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. For more information, visit

About WDGF

The WDGF is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote the sport of golf among deaf and hard of hearing golfers in the world and to oversee the World Deaf Golf Championships. The bi-annual World Deaf Golf Championships is awarded to and hosted by a member country with the support of WDGF members. Deaf Golf Ireland (DGI) was awarded the winning bid of WDGC 2018 at the WDGF General Meeting in 2014.