In establishing Empower Golf, James sought to guide people living with a disability through every aspect of golf. Having established a full calendar of introductory Come and Try Golf clinics, private coaching and opportunities to compete, Empower Golf can now focus on the social and travel benefits of the game.
In addition to the 1500 courses dotted across Australia, golf is played in over 200 countries with every golf course offering a unique and interesting challenge. Trying new places and layouts combines the excitement of travel with beauty of the great outdoors. Prior to his accident, James often combined his passion for travel with his love of golf – sharing short and longer trips with a golfing theme.
Introducing Empower Golf Australia Golf Tours!
Hunter Valley Golf Tour - June 2018
To test the concept, in June 2018 we took a 2 day exploratory trip to the Hunter Valley with 18 holes each day. With 8 people, 4 wheelchairs, 4 ParaGolfers, 8 sets of golf clubs and associated golfing and attendant care paraphernalia, what could possibly go wrong?
What unfolded was a truly memorable experience with 4 ParaGolfer pilots and their partners playing foursomes at one of Australia’s premier golf courses, The Vintage.
Empower organised all the accommodation, hand picked the golf course and meal locations, and handled other logistics. Players had the perfect opportunity to catch up in a fun, relaxed and low-key setting. To spice things up a little, James and Lachy organised prizes and a trophy for a friendly competition across the two days. For some of accompanying partners, it was the first time they experienced the heat of competition.
When the dust settled it was the Empower team of Lachy and James who became the Inaugural EGA Tour Champions, and holders of the soon-to-be prestigious Unicorn Cup.
Thanks to management and members of The Vintage.