December 14, 2020.
Welsh golfers of all abilities will finally be able to play in the first ever Wales Golf Festival, which is to go ahead in 2021 after having to be cancelled this year.
The three day inaugural event will be held at Parc Golf Club between Cardiff and Newport on June 18-20, with events for disability players, club teams, people new to golf and juniors.
The launch of the Wales Golf Festival Weekend is an initiative designed to offer competitive golf for a wide range of golfers across Wales that otherwise may have limited opportunity within the current Wales Golf Championship calendar.
“The festival will celebrate the inclusivity of golf in a competitive yet fun environment,” said Wales Golf championships manager David Wilson.
“We are confident the situation will have changed enough to allow us to go ahead next year, and we can provide a great event whatever rules apply at the time.
“With disability, mixed handicap and team events for men and women, as well as the PING Welsh Junior Tour and Golf Sixes junior events, we are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of golfers taking part in the same place over the same weekend.
“It will bring together a unique mix of golfers and that is one of the big reasons why hopefully this event will be better late than never.”
Wales Golf Director of Development Hannah McAllister added, “Having a fun competition for people of all abilities is a really important part of the Wales Golf plans going forward.
“We were disappointed not to be able to hold the festival this year as planned, but we are delighted to be able to hold the events in a safe and secure manner next year.”
Day 1 – Friday 18th June
Disability Championship (AM) – Running for any golfer in Wales who is either a member of a club or registered with an associated scheme at Wales Golf. Maximum of 9 holes, minimum of 3, on a modified scoring format, all handled by Wales Golf. Wales Golf Inclusivity Ambassadors Mike Jones and Stewart Harris are invited to attend and compete. Separate sections for different disabilities, as well as an overall winner.
Golf Sixes (PM) – A cup competition for all Welsh club teams who had entered the leagues in 2020 to take place, along with a trial for an adult version of the competition, with a minimum handicap requirement for players.
Day 2 – Saturday 19th June
Curtis Cup Legacy Mixed Medal (AM) – Run as a pilot and specifically for Celtic Manor GC members, a mixed gender medal from the same tees along with the inaugural event in Wales using the new World Handicapping System.
Summer Swing Event (PM) – An action-packed fun competition for all participants in the New2Golf scheme in 2018, 19 or 20 over 9 holes.
Day 3 – Sunday 20th June
Ping Welsh Junior Tour Event – The second in the established series for golfers aged up to 14 years, suitable for boys and girls and golfers of all abilities.