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One-armed golfer takes world title; Amputee beats rivals and cancer.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

A ONE-armed golfer from North Wales has won an international amputees' golf championship.

Tony Jones, of Connah's Quay, teamed up with partner Phil Chirnside, from Florida, to claim victory in the World Amputees Golf Championships.

They won the pairs title at the William Hall Challenge Trophy staged at the Balbirnie Park Golf Club, in Fife, Scotland.

The 61-year-old, a Northop Golf & Country Club member and vice captain, lost his left hand and part of his arm in an industrial accident in 1965.

He has only been playing golf since the mid-1990s and is one of the few disabled competitors to play without an aid.

In Fife Tony beat players from Australia, Indonesia and Sweden.

He said: ``I'm delighted. The tournament lasted for a full week. After I'd failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the singles event it was fantastic to team up with Phil and win the pairs section. ''

Tony's success is even more remarkable because he has battled leukaemia for two years.

He said: ``It was a real shock when I was diagnosed. The chemotherapy tablets really affected the amount of golf I was able to play because they were so draining. I think all the walking actually helps, but afterwards I feel shattered. ''

Tony has a handicap of 20 and takes over as Northop captain in October.

Tony hopes to defend his title in Ireland next year. He is trying to bring the World Amputees Golf Championships to Northop in 2006.

Opera singer Bryn Terfel and Welsh actor John Ogwen are helping launch a new on line golf shop.

The company called ``Golf Cymru. com'' is run by their friend Viv Williams.

It is officially launched at St Deiniol Golf Club, near Bangor, tomorrow . The launch day, being staged between 7. 30 am and 8pm, will feature a competition to raise money for Hope House Hospice.

Bryn and John are members at St Deiniol where Viv Williams owns the pro shop.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2004
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