Blind golfer Jim Gales MBE admits it was love at first sight after dazzling in Bedlam Golf’s most outrageous trousers but joked: “I thought they were black!”
The secretary and founder of the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership, has become an ambassador for the funkiest golf clothing brand around and unveiled his new look at the recent EDGA Algarve Open, hosted at Pestana Vila Sol in Vilamoura.
Gales, who plays with Alan Robertson acting as his guide, proved that beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to Bedlam’s range of outlandish golf wear as he turned heads among his fellow competitors.
He said: “I went out to the range to hit a few shots before my round and I was getting a few comments about my smart new trousers.
“I thought it was a bit strange – Alan and my wife told me they were black.
“As it turns out, Bedlam don’t do black trousers. But I certainly got plenty of attention and I love them.
“I suppose you could say I’ve seen the light!”
The 52-year-old Scot from Springfield, Fife lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa in the late 1980s and had never picked up a golf club before he became blind. His vision is now restricted to just light perception but it has not stopped him from registering 10 victories in disability golf Open events around the world.
He said: “It probably helps to not be able to see the trouble off the tee sometimes. Mind you, it doesn’t stop me lifting my head up on my swing though. Alan says: ‘Why lift your head up? It’s not as if you’re going to see where it goes’. He’s got a point!”
Gales was awarded an MBE for services to disability golf and his dress sense saw him pick up another impromptu honour as the best dressed golfer at the prize-giving ceremony.
After playing in his 95th disabled golf event, Gales said: “After the way I played, it felt like my clubs were ready for the skip. But I’m definitely keeping the trousers!”
Pete Wilson, managing director of Bedlam Golf, said: “Jim is a great bloke and exactly our type of golfer. His golf is a bit erratic but he plays for fun, likes to stand out from the crowd and doesn’t take it too seriously.
“Some people have suggested you need to be blind to wear our trousers so it seems like the perfect combination to team up with Jim.
“It’s been our pleasure to supply him with some very understated trousers and we will be sending out some more black, grey and beige colour schemes for him in due course. At least, that’s what we have told him.”
Made in a slim-fit design from a hard-wearing polyester/spandex blend, the trousers come in a variety of dazzling designs and are available up to a 42″ waist starting from £34.99.
There is also a range of shirts (£24.99) and accessories including hats, gloves and belts to complement the full rascal look.
A junior range is also available for younger fashion daredevils.
And there is now also a special Christmas gift box available for golfers to take advantage of over the festive season. Featuring the combination of a pair or trousers, a polo shirt and a cap, the full outfit is on sale for just £71.24 for a limited time, while gift packaging (£5.99) is available for the entire range.
Delivery is free for orders over £60. Visit bedlam-golf.com for more information.