World-class field set for Whittlebury Park

George Groves will return in 2020 to defend his title at an expanded English Open Amateur for golfers with a disability.

Next year’s EA4GD event will be staged at Whittlebury Park Golf Club, Northamptonshire on June 27-28 and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

World number one Groves claimed a five-shot triumph at the 2019 event held in September at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club and faces a stiff challenge to hang onto his crown.

For the 2020 edition, competitors are being welcomed from all over the world and not just England.

There will also be a women’s net event taking place within the championship for the first time.

This is in recognition of the number of golfers looking to compete as well as reinforcing England Golf’s commitment to equality in the game.

The event will also have world ranking points on offer reflecting the championship’s growing status.

Jamie Blair, England Golf’s Inclusion and Wellbeing manager, said: “I look forward to Whittlebury Park Golf Club hosting this amazing event in 2020.

“This year’s championship was the first time England Golf had staged the event and it proved to be a memorable occasion.

“I’m pleased we will be raising the bar again by including a women’s net event for the first time in 2020.

“As well as welcoming players representing their clubs from across England, we look forward to a number of international players travelling to make this event bigger and better.”

The 2019 championship attracted 42 men and women from across the UK, France and the Netherlands.

As a result of his win in last year’s championship, Groves earned a place at the EDGA Dubai Finale in November.

The event was held the same week as the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship and played over Dubai’s renowned Earth Course.

Groves – from Horne Park Golf Club – followed up his national title by winning the Dubai Finale by three shots and maintained his status at the top of the world rankings.

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