GOLF: Grantham’s Christine selected for

Christine Reynolds with Belton Woods head professional Iain Fulton.

Christine Reynolds with Belton Woods head professional Iain Fulton.

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Belton Woods Golf Club member Christine Reynolds has been selected for Great Britain’s team at this year’s World Transplant Games in Malaga.

Christine, 63, a 25-handicapper from Grantham, who is coached at Belton Woods by head professional Iain Fulton, underwent a kidney transplant in 2012, with her husband, Richard, as the donor.

A member at Belton Woods for 15 years, she first discovered she had a kidney problem in 2003 and the organ deteriorated gradually until the need for a transplant became obvious nine years later.

Christine explained: “From my visits to the renal unit, I became aware of the British Transplant Games, which are held annually. This is an event in which anyone with any transplant can participate.

“We first went to Sheffield in 2013, and have gone every year since. I competed initially in the ladies’ golf and archery, but now only in golf, and I have won four gold, two silvers and a bronze medal in golf over the four years.

“I also became aware of the World Transplant Games which are held once every two years. Last year they were held in Argentina and next year in Malaga, Spain. There is a selection process for these games which is much more competitive, but I am delighted to have made it through the process to be selected to represent Great Britain next June.

“As the professional of my club, I feel Iain is the ideal person to help me undertake regular fitness and golf training and get me into a place where I can compete to the best of my ability and, hopefully, to bring home a medal.”

Meanwhile, another of Fulton’s students, Keith Aiton, saw his handicap drop to seven as he won two events on the European Amateur Golf Tour, as Belton Woods celebrated a successful first full year of its QGolf Academy at the venue.