Junior golfers get their own Open

YOUNG golfers inspired to follow in the footsteps of a Rory McIlroy or a Tommy Fleetwood can now take part in an Open of their own.

The first North West Junior Open is on Sunday, August 27, at Knott End Golf Club.

The event is supported by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs and comes hard on the heels of Royal Birkdale staging the 146th Open Championship. Record-breaking crowds saw Jordan Spieth become the 2017 champion golfer with thousands taking advantage of the R&A initiative to allow under-16s in for free.

Entry to the North West Junior Open is available to talented young golfers with a handicap who live in Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside with a field of more than 100 expected to tee up.

Knott End professional Paul Walker said: “This is a terrific opportunity for juniors with widely ranging handicaps to compete against each other.

“It will be great for the sport, especially as it has the support of clubs across the north west through the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs.”

The entry fee for the individual 18-hole strokeplay competition is £10 per player, which includes food and a drink courtesy of the main sponsor, Nu-Form Fire UK. There are prizes for best gross and nett scores.

Paul Walker added: “Knott End will give juniors the chance to play one of the most interesting golf clubs in the region, famous for its seaside location and holes which follow the scenic Wyre Estuary.”

The handicap limit is 24 for boys and 28 for girls. The upper age limit is under 18 on January 1, 2017.

To book online, parents of junior golfers should visit http://www.lancashiregolf.org or for further information contact the host club’s professional, Paul Walker, on 01253 810576 or email paul@knottendgolfclub.com



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