Royal Blackheath invitations you to the groundbreaking Blended Open

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The Royal Blackheath Golf Club is hosting the UK's first individual amateur handicap competition this summer, open to both men and women.

At the Open Royal Blackheath Trophy, supported by Kent Golf and Golf England, handicapped men and women compete against each other on the same course for the same trophy.

The first Open Royal Blackheath Trophy was supposed to take place last year but has been postponed due to the pandemic and will now take place on July 5th.

Royal Blackheath is known for developing the concept of "open" competition by introducing the Boys ’Medal in 1847, 13 years before the Open Championship itself.

Since the tournament was founded last year, the World Handicap System has been introduced and a new course evaluation system has been introduced. This is designed to give all golfers a handicap that is wearable around the world. This means that all golfers, regardless of their handicap, can now easily convert this WHS handicap index to any course in the world.

Royal Blackheath Club Captain Alastair McFarlane said: “Throughout its long history, Royal Blackheath Golf Club has been committed to bringing the game of golf to new audiences and we see this initiative as a symbol of our ongoing commitment to them Inclusivity of sport. We are excited to invite male and female club golfers to participate and try to become the first name in the Open Royal Blackheath Trophy, which we hope will become a permanent fixture on every handicap golfer's calendar in the years to come. "

The Open Royal Blackheath Trophy takes place less than a month after the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour with the Scandinavian Mixed, the world's first professional golf event where men and women compete against each other on the same course at Vallda Golf & Country Club in Sweden from 10.-13. June.

More information and entry forms can be found at www.rbgc.com/open_competitions. The closing date for entries is June 21.

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