Royal Isabela Inaugurates Its Own Open Golf Championship

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Puerto Rico’s premier golf community creates open tournament for men and women over one of the world’s great new courses.

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Royal Isabela—the world-class golf and private membership club on the cliffs of northwest Puerto Rico—announces its inaugural Open Golf Championship, to be held July 26-28, 2013, over the beautiful and exciting Links at Royal Isabela.

The event—the weekend after that “other” Open Championship is contested at Muirfield in Scotland—will be limited to 81 golfers. Open to male and female professionals as well as amateurs, the three-day tournament will be held at individual stroke play. Players will be allowed to have caddies and most amateurs will use carts.

Professionals and men with a handicap of 4.0 and better will have an entry fee of $300 for 54 holes of play. All other categories will play 36 holes, with an entry fee of $200. Fee includes lunch for each round and a special tournament shirt.

There will be eight categories, from professionals to amateur golfers, with a maximum handicap index of 15.0 (men) and 12.0 (women). There also will be divisions for Senior (50 and above) and Super Senior (60 and above). The total purse for professionals is $5,250, with the winner taking home $1,800. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place finishers in the other categories.

The categories are:
1) Professionals-4.0 index: 21 players maximum, to play from the natural tees
2) 4.1-8.0 index: 9 players maximum, black tees
3) 8.1-12.0 index: 9 players maximum, blue tees
4) 12.1-15.0 index: 9 players maximum, white tees
5) Senior (open, age 50 and over): 9 players maximum, blue tees
6) Super Senior (open, age 60 and over): 9 players maximum, white tees
7) Women, professional-8.0 index: 9 players maximum, white tees
8) Women, 8.0-12.0 index: 6 players maximum, red tees

If the maximum number of players registered exceeds the limit in any category, a qualifying round will be scheduled prior to the tournament. A separate entry fee will be required for the qualifier. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2013.

The Golf Links at Royal Isabela, which opened in 2011 to immediate rave reviews, sprawls across acres of native grasses, natural sand dunes, and craggy cliffs that are 200 feet above the Caribbean Sea. Its wide fairways stretch over natural undulations and hug the edge of the deep-blue Atlantic. On almost every hole, the vistas unroll for miles without end, creating a visual feast of ocean, coastline, lush forest, and mountains.

For more information on the Royal Isabela inaugural Open Golf Championship, or to arrange a stay and round of golf any other time of year, access the web site at or call (787) 609-5888 or (855) 609-5888.

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