Disabled golfers in the UK received a cash boost ahead of taking to the fairways for the inaugural British Masters in Norfolk.

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The tournament, held by the Disabled Golf Society at Dunston Hall near Norwich, was won by Joseph Vanaman, from Nottingham, who shot a 72 with a Stableford score of 41 points.

But before the golfers teed off, the charity’s national co-ordinator Graeme Robertson received a cheque for £1,000 from Chartwell Insurance, the King’s Lynn-based broker that provides specialist cover for people with disabilities.

Mr Robertson, who has multiple sclerosis, said: “I am delighted that Chartwell have made this donation to aid our quest to get more disabled people on the golf course.

“This donation will help us with general infrastructure, running costs, events, trophies etc, but mainly to help keep the costs down to our members.

“Our aim is to carry on spreading the word with the sole objective of improving the lives of our members. Going forwards, we need to purchase equipment, such as adapted clubs and single-seat buggies that give independence to players and help us avoid slow play so we can be respectful of members at the golf clubs we play at.”

Matt Allen, of Chartwell, added: “We’re always happy to help charities that make a real difference to the lives of disabled people, particularly where it enables them to maintain an active lifestyle and take part in competitive sport.”

Despite intermittent rain, the inaugural British Masters was a success, and will return to the Norfolk course in 2013. The winner was presented with the Craig Waugh Memorial Trophy by Craig’s mother Cheryl Stevens.

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