Entries are now being invited for the 2019 English Disability Open, which is being held at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in Essex from September 7-8.
The championship has been run by England Golf in partnership with the charity Balasa Golf, but now, in its fourth year, it is being staged purely by England Golf and is now open to anyone with a visual, hearing or intellectual impairment, as well as players holding a European Disabled Golf Association Access or World Rankings Pass.
The tournament and will be played under the modified rules of golf for players with a disability. As well as being open to anyone with an impairment, the event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for qualifying players.
Among those expected to enter are defending champion Mick Horsley and current world No.1 on the rankings for disabled golfers, George Groves, of Addington Palace Golf Club in Surrey.
Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf commented: “We want this to become an event which is about the golfing ability rather than the impairment. We’ve been working closely with EDGA to broaden the criteria and are proud that this event will be more inclusive than ever and is a national championship for golfers with a disability playing at our affiliated golf clubs and further afield. As well as being open to anyone with an impairment, the event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for qualifying players. We have also adopted the rules modifications in all of our England Golf championships to encourage further participation in all of the events that we run.”
Competitors will play for the overall gross prize, and a handicap competition or a Stableford event, depending on their handicap. Full terms of competition and online entry can be found on the England Golf website