Golf: Triumphant Sellars makes history

Andy Sellars
Andy Sellars

NORMANTON Golf Club’s Andy Sellars has made history as the first visually impaired golfer to win a Disabled British Open title.

The 2010 World B2 Blind Golf Champion, from Wrenthorpe, conquered windy weather and difficult greens at the East Sussex National course to clinch the Category 2 crown, contested by golfers playing off handicaps 12 to 21

Sellars, assisted by his guide Martin Wright, recorded net rounds of 75 and 74 to defeat rival Jason Faircloth by four shots and end an otherwise frustrating season on a high note.

A delighted Sellars said: “There were times this season when I really doubted myself. My driver just didn’t work for about a year-and-a-half but it has been alright over the last couple of months.”

Sellars’ loss of form off the tee didn’t help as he lost his World B2 crown in Nova Scotia, last July, but his renewed confidence was evident in the Disabled British Open, televised by Sky Sports.

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