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Two sporting legends together at Potters Bar

Sir Garfield Sobes and Pieta LeRoux
Sir Garfield Sobers (left) and Pieta Le Roux

Former west indies cricket captain Sir Garfield Sobers teed off at Potters Bar Golf Club alongside Pieta Le Roux, the current World Blind Golf champion and former British Blind Golf Open champion, for a game that launched the club's new campaign to get more disabled members to join.

Both Sir Garfield and Pieta are already fully fledged members of the club, and the round offered a stunning exhibition of Pieta's ability despite his blindness.

The 37 year-old started losing his sight at the age of eight, through a condition called Macular Degeneration, which gradually causes the loss of central vision.

Despite having never seen the flight of a golf ball, Pieta, whose wife Elmarie acts as both his eyes, impressed the legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield, who himself plays off a handicap of 11.

Club chairman Alan Summers, who joined the pair on the course with club member David Nissim, said: "Sir Garfield was fascinated by the playing ability of Pieta. He plays such a great game, Sir Garfield is no mean player himself and they produced a wonderful match"
Mr Summers said the match was a "forerunner" to the club introducing golf to disabled residents of Potters Bar.

He said: "This would introduce them to the club and Pieta would then give them a display of how he plays golf and enable them to see what can be achieved and how adversity can be overcome.

"The club hopes that local residents will help them locate and promote this idea to the various care homes in the area."

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