Harper Macleod is delighted to lend support to blind golfer Barry McCluskey as he aims to make the cut at the top level of the sport.
Barry was registered blind at the start of 2018 after his sight deteriorated over a number of years due to the effects of a skin condition. His condition means he struggles to distinguish objects and surfaces and could eventually lose his sight altogether.
Despite it affecting his work and life, he was determined not to be beaten by the condition and the 16-handicapper found a new challenge on the golf course.
Barry McCluskey has targeted the US Open Blind Golf Championship
After being classified as a B3 category player by the Scottish Blind Golf Society, Barry began to compete and finished an impressive 8th at the 2018 British Open at Cardrona. Barry, 37, whose father George played football for Celtic, Leeds United and Hibernian among others, is currently ranked 3rd in the UK in his category, and is in the Top 10 of the world rankings at present.
He said: "This year was my first competing in blind golf events and it's been a great experience so far. It has really been the start of my journey and it's great that a business such as Harper Macleod is helping me to achieve my goals by covering entry costs to domestic tournaments as I try to climb the rankings. When I'm playing I need a guide to assist me, and a good guide makes all the different to how you perform. It can be expensive to cover both of our costs so every bit of support I get is greatly appreciated."
After tasting some success at home, Barry has turned his attention to the international scene, with the US Open Blind Golf Championship, which takes place at the Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, Arizona, next April first on his radar.
Friends and supporters have arranged fundraising events to help him meet the costs associated with competing abroad, while he has also been fortunate enough to receive assistance with equipment from Scottish European Tour golfer Stephen Gallacher.
Barry added: "As far as I'm aware I'll be one of the first ever Scots to compete in the US Open and my ambition is for that just to be the start. I'm really looking forward to flying the flag abroad and I'd be grateful for any assistance that can help make my dream a reality."
Visit www.barrymccluskeyblindgolfer.co.uk to find out more about Barry, including how you can support his drive to the top.