Big field for Fairhaven trophies

THE annual Fairhaven Trophies and Fairhaven Nations Cup, a 72-hole Open International Scratch Championship for boys and girls aged 18 or underon May 1-3 has attracted its strongest field to date.

The championship, in its ninth year, is an established fixture throughout the UK and Europe.  This year will again see the top players from the four home nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, competing against some of the best players from other European Nations, which includes Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and as far away as Australia.  The championship is one of the most internationally represented events for juniors in the country.

The girls’ entries are equally strong, with many of them featuring highly in both National and European rankings, and includes Irish Girl Champion – Annabel Wilson.

With a host of international players and teams, this elite field of juniors is certain to produce some exciting golf.  There is no doubt a future star of the golf world will be testing their skills over this great championship course.

Club secretary Bob Thompson Said: “We are  delighted to have all four home nations entering teams into the Nations Cup, which will provide some exciting golf as they compete against equally strong players from France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland.

“The championship offers an excellent opportunity for players to gain top class competitive experience, as well as developing their course management skills.

“The ‘Fairhaven’, as it has become known, is one of the strongest and most internationally represented junior championships in Europe, being included in boys and girls national order of merits, the European and World Amateur Golf Rankings.

“With the championship being played on the same date and in the same format as the Lytham Trophy, at neighbouring Royal Lytham & St Annes, it creates a festival of world class amateur golf in the area, giving competitors, spectators, selectors and national team managers the opportunity to see the elite of international amateur golf in one town over the same weekend.

“It has been extremely pleasing in recent years to see juniors who had competed at Fairhaven the previous year going on to challenge for, and on occasion win, the Lytham Trophy, as did Albert Eckhardt (Finland) in 2013, which Bradley Neil nearly repeated in 2014.”

The two championships must be the biggest gathering of top amateur golfers in the same location and time, certainly in the UK and Europe, which is something the town of Lytham St Annes should be extremely proud of – it has to be unique.


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