Golf: East Lothian hosts Europe’s most prestigious junior title

US Kids Golf European Championships
US Kids Golf European Championships

As Gleneagles prepares to welcome the world’s current golfing greats for the Ryder Cup, the players of tomorrow will again be heading to East Lothian to battle it out for Europe’s most prestigious junior title. 

The world’s top young talent will home in on the region – just a 40 minute drive from the Ryder Cup venue – for this year’s US Kids Golf European Championships.

Now in its 6th successful year, the tournament has become a staple event on the calendars of budding young players, attracting more than 500 players, aged 5 -18 to compete against their counterparts from across the globe. 

Tournament co-ordinator and Gullane Golf Club Professional Alasdair Good, said; “It’s gearing up to be another fantastic year for the US Kids European Championships with excitement heightened by the prospect of this year’s Ryder Cup also being held in Scotland.”

Dan Van Horn, president and founder of US Kids Golf, said: “Not only do the championships help young players learn how to compete, the wonderful thing about competitive play at a young age is that they also learn how to cope with the ups and downs of the game.”

“It’s safe to say that a day on the course – especially in East Lothian – can be like a ride on a roller coaster but we strive to teach all of the players how to take the positives out of a round that may not have gone quite as planned. This is invaluable experience and promotes skills that can then be applied to all aspects of the players’ lives in the future.” 

The 2014 US Kids Golf European Championships takes place from May 27 over five East Lothian courses: Gullane No.2, Gullane No.3, Craigielaw Golf Club, Luffness New Golf CLub and Longniddry Golf Club. 

The top finishers in each category will compete in the Van Horn Cup at Luffness New Golf Course on May 30 – a showpiece event, modelled on the Ryder Cup, where the best European players are matched up against the top golfers from the rest of the world. The top five finishers in each age and gender group also automatically receive an invitation to the US Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, in August.

Entry for the event is now open with categories for young players of all ages and abilities. More information can be found here

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