ELGIN golfer Alistair Hay is still on cloud nine after hitting gold at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in Bath.
Alistair (36) was representing Highland Disability Golf along with 1700 other athletes from all over Britain.
The National Summer Games provide a life changing and inspirational opportunity for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to compete at a national level.
As well as golf, participants competed in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, badminton, boccia, bowls, football, table tennis, tennis and 10-pin bowling. The games commenced with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Bath Crescent with Susan Boyle singing at the end.
Alistair played three stroke play rounds at Bath Golf Club and on the last finished with a 76 with a two at the 14th hole.
His parents, Marion and Ron, were there to cheer him on.
“We feel that this is the culmination of Alistair’s continuing progress and achievements in golf over his disability,” they said.
Alistair had a 66 at Elgin Golf Club to win the Captain’s prize in July and won a silver medal at the West of Scotland Open Match in Glasgow earlier this month.
Alistair has a learning disability and has lived in his own supported flat in Elgin for the last 12 years.
He has played golf since the age of 12 and loves the game. He would play golf every day if he got the chance.
He has been a member of Elgin Golf Club for 20 years and competes in all competitions, including the annual open where he has qualified to the next rounds several times.
Added Ron: “He has difficulty with numeracy and needs help to mark his card but members have been so helpful and co-operative. I have been caddy for him on many occasions in competitions to overcome this.”
In 2011 he won an Elgin Golf Club competition with a 65 and qualified for a Peugeot RCZ Golf Tournament open to all amateur golfers which saw him play at the Dukes Course, St Andrews.
His handicap is 15 which is a great achievement in the competitive field of golf.
Alistair was previously chosen by Highland Disability Sport to play golf in the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in Leicester in 2009 and a year earlier had represented Scotland against England, Ireland and Wales at the Belfry Golf Club.
Away from golf, Alistair works four days a week with Moray Office Supplies, A & I Supplies, handling stock for both firms, and the Out of the Darkness Theatre Company where he undertakes technical support, lighting and sound duties.
He plays football every Wednesday with the Moray Hurricanes and is a season ticket holder at Aberdeen Football Club and regularly attends games with his father. He is also a keen Elgin City fan and can regularly be found at Borough Briggs.