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Grass is still greener for Scotland star Paterson after going blind

By Will Clark

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Being able to still play golf gave David Paterson a new lease of life after he was registered blind.

The Muir of Ord Golf Club member says he felt he lost everything after losing his sight 12 years ago.

David Paterson and Riff Clark with the Auld Enemy Cup.
David Paterson and Riff Clark with the Auld Enemy Cup.

However his determination not to give up the sport he loved has led to him becoming one of the top blind golfers in the country.

He starred for Scotland in the team that beat England and Wales to lift the Auld Enemy Cup at Royal Ashford Golf Club in East Sussex.

In addition, the former postmaster from Drumnadrochit topped the Scottish Order of Merit for the first time.

Paterson (73) says what he has achieved in his career shows losing his sight is no handicap in continuing playing the sport that he loves.

“Blind golf has been a life changer. When I lost my sight, I lost everything.

“I lost my job, I lost the ability to drive. But blind golf gave me an impetus and purpose to get into that Scottish team."

Read more in today's Inverness Courier or Ross-shire Journal.

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