Kevin swaps white rose for the thistle

Golfer Kevin Harmison.
Golfer Kevin Harmison.
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WANSBECK disabled golfer Kevin Harmison, pictured, is switching allegiance from the white rose of England to the thistle of Scotland.

Harmison, from East Sleekburn, is preparing for the inaugural Scotland v England pan-disability Ryder Cup event to be staged at Slaley Hall near Hexham this coming weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Harmison, 46, a gym instructor at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington, who over the last year has taken his handicap down from five to two, said: “I’m more than happy to play for Scotland.

“I’m a member of both organisations (Scotland and England) and as this is the first ever clash, it’s a case of getting the competition off the ground.”

The competition has been organised by the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership and the two teams will consist of players of varying disabilities including amputee, stroke victims, the blind and sufferers with MS and cerebral palsy.

Harmison, who is always in the top four disabled golfers in England, added: “I don’t like losing at anything – I always want to win – and this event will be no different.”

Next month Harmison will fly out to Spain as part of the England team to defend the Nations Cup they won two years ago

He added: “The competition will be in Murcia and I’m fitting it around a family holiday with my wife Diane and two daughters, Meagan and JessiKa.”