The first ever mixed-gender golf tournament that was set to take place at Berkhamsted Golf Club has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The club now hopes that the tournament, named as the Berkhamsted Trophy, will take place in the autumn, but a rescheduled date has yet to be confirmed.
The 72-hole tournament was set to be the world’s first gender-neutral, national level elite amateur golf event, at its original April 2-4 date.
The tournament attracted an all-time record entry following the announcement back in January that both male and female golfers would be competing equally.
Berkhamsted golf club’s manager said: “Naturally, we would rather not be doing this, but it is clearly unwise to attempt to stage a golf tournament of this kind at the moment. The health of our competitors, members and staff is the overwhelming priority right now.”
Elaine Ratcliffe, 2020 GB and Ireland Curtis Cup captain, said: “Berkhamsted has clearly taken the right decision to postpone for now, but more importantly I think it’s brilliant that the event received such enthusiastic backing from both male and female competitors.”
Among the 142 competitors who have entered the 2020 tournament, 18 of them are leading female golfers.
Photo courtesy of Berkhamsted Golf Club