The Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club will play host to the 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships. Taking place over nine days from 7-15 August, the event is set to attract more than 120 amateur golfers from 21 nations.
The World Deaf Golf Championships will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Warwickshire next year. The tournament will feature a men’s and women’s individual competition, and a team competition.
There is much for the world’s top amateur deaf golfers to look forward to. The Forest of Arden is one of Britain’s top resorts. It is home to European Tour golf events and has hosted seven English Opens and five British Masters.
The Championships are being organised by England Deaf Golf on behalf of the World Deaf Golf Federation. The event is supported by England Golf, UK Deaf Sport, Warwickshire Golf and Forest of Arden.
England Golf is the national governing body for amateur golf in England. They are dedicated to growing the game of golf for people with hearing impairments.
Chair of the Local Organising Committee Lucy Crickmore explains:
“We are thrilled to welcome back the World Deaf Golf Championships for the second time to England. We are looking forward to showcasing the talent of world deaf golf on the stunning Arden Course.
“We want to use this opportunity to promote the sport of golf among the deaf community and are currently developing exciting legacy plans. We are committed to making sure that the tournament leads to long-lasting benefits.”
Simeon Hart, President of the World Deaf Golf Federation, points to the importance of the Championships:
“The World Deaf Golf Championships is the second most important golf competition after the Deaflympics and it continues to grow with new players and new countries getting involved.
“We are really pleased to see a recent increase in the number of ladies and young golfers competing which will help build our legacy as we move forward.”
The Championships has previously served as a springboard for deaf golfers. Three players in recent years have earned places as touring professionals, including Paul Waring. Paul is the 2018 Men’s Deaf Golf World Champion and now plays on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
Fraser Liston, Director of Golf at Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club, said:
“We are looking forward to hosting the World Deaf Golf Championships in August next year in what is the tournament’s 25th Anniversary year. Working together with England Deaf Golf, we are excited to create an event to remember as we welcome back the tournament to England for the second time.”
For more information about the 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships, please visit the dedicated Championships website www.wdgc2020.com.
Photo shows: Donna Serridge-Cross, England’s leading deaf female player