For the first time ever Finnish disabled gross champion was selected at the same time with abled Finnish gross champions. Same course, same field, from mens back tee.
The disabled golfers played together with best Finnish players in the National Championships of Finland. Tournament was open for amateur and professional golfers. The disabled players had their own categorie first time ever at the Finnish Championships held in Turku, Aura Golf last weekend.
Seven disabled golfers with lowest handicap participated the National Championships. The new Finnish Champion is Petri Takkunen (82-90), who won Tero Peltola (90-83) with one shot after two rounds. The transplant player Raimo Juuti (92-88) took the third place.
The disabled golfers played excactly the same course from back tees as the best Finnish players, who went through the cut after two first rounds. The golf is rising in Finland. Finland won the amateur European team championship earlier this month.
The new Finnish champions are Alex Hietala (men), Elina Nummenpää (ladies) and Petri Takkunen (disabled golfers).
The disabled golf got a lot of positive attention at the Aura Golf course. The people were impressed regarding the skills of the golfers.
The integrated golf will probably continue next year in the national championships in Vaasa. EDGA tournament, The Respecta Finnish Open 2018, will be organized at the same course next week. Some foreign players from Czech Republic and Germany are playing in the tournament too.