David's golfing gold at Invictus Games

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A FORMER Langholm man has won gold in the men's golf at the Invictus Games in Canada.

David Scott wins gold for the UK in the men's individual golf competition at the Invictus Games
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David Scott wins gold for the UK in the men's individual golf competition at the Invictus Games

David Scott, whose mother, Margaret, lives in West Street, won a score of 38, beating Etienne Aube of Canada, while a three-way tie for bronze went to Jay Nickol and Dan Graham of Canada and Josh Lindstrom of the USA.

Twenty-nine men teed off at St George’s Golf and Country Club on a hot and sunny day four of the 2017 Invictus Games.

It was an early start on the golf course, with competitors taking in scenic views in beautiful sunshine. The atmosphere contributed to the positive attitude within the team as both David Scott and the UK's Cornelia Oosthuizen claimed gold in the men’s and women’s events.

David was also part of the UK's bronze medal-winning wheelchair basketball team.

They started with a 24 points to 4 points victory over New Zealand followed by a 30-9 victory over Australia.

They also beat Denmark twice by 20-10 in a pool match and again in the bronze medal play-off by 25-14.

The UK sent a 90-strong team to Toronto to compete in the third Invictus Games. More than 250 friends and family attended to cheer on and support them.

The Games, launched by Prince Harry in 2014, are the only international sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans.

In total, 550 athletes from 17 nations competed in 12 sports: archery, athletics, golf, cycling, rowing, swimming, powerlifting, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

Margaret said: "He's very happy. He's chuffed to bits."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:07PM
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