On Friday 15 May 2015, Community Golf, in association with the Shoreditch Golf Club and with the backing of the Mayor of London, is delivering the first UK Cross Golf Open, showcasing golf but in an iconic urban location in London, far away from the traditional lush greens and fairways.
This first annual tournament will see players compete to win the Jeremy Feakes Memorial Trophy and a place representing the UK in the European Urban Golf Cup (EUGC), which will be held the next day, Saturday 16 May. Twelve places are up for grabs.
The EUGC is the biggest cross golf event in Europe. In 2014, the tournament was held in Cologne, Germany and saw 12 countries competing for the trophy, with Germany taking the title.
Community Golf believes this is a perfect opportunity to introduce golf to a wider community, bring people together through playing and volunteering, and share their love of the sport in all its forms.
With golf in the Rio Olympics in 2016 for the first time since 1904, this is a vital time for growth in the sport and this event will be the catalyst for many socio-economic benefits, which London can benefit from. The proposed venue – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford is an ideal location for this fast growing sport, building on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.
Community Golf – a not for profit organisation – is taking golf into the community, proving that golf is a game for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability or background. Community Golf run programmes in schools, colleges, universities, disability centres and workplaces etc, to increase interest and participation in the game.
Shoreditch Golf Club designed and hosted the world’s first full 18-hole urban open in 2005, which had become an annual event until the untimely death of club captain Jeremy Feakes in 2007.
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