Youngsters in West of England to get some competitive action next year
By ECG Newsdesk
A brand new event for junior golfers in the West of England is coming in 2018. Burnham & Berrow Golf Club have extended their collaboration with the Somerset Golf Union in order to bring the event to life, having previously worked together to stage the West of England Seniors’ Scratch Open.
The new event – open to both boys and girls - will be called the Under 18 Open Competition in the West of England.
Burnham & Berrow captain Peter Amos said the club were “particularly keen to promote junior golf”.
“In 2017 we hosted the English Boys’ U16 Open Amateur Stroke Play (McGregor Trophy) which proved to be a great success,” said Amos. “We were encouraged to go further and stage another high quality Junior competition at our course.
The partnership with the SGU makes perfect sense as, between us, we have developed the Seniors’ Scratch Open into a major event in the calendar.”
The competition will be over 54 holes, and will be played on August 21-22. Eighteen holes will be played on day one followed by 36 on day two. The competition will be open to both boys and girls, and the field will be limited to 60 players. Twelve of these places will be reserved for girls.
SGU chairman Tommy Tulk said the move was a positive one for the region.
“When Burnham & Berrow first approached us with the idea, we spoke with a number of our juniors to try to gauge the demand. What we were told is that there are not many similar events staged in the region where they could earn WAGR ranking points, and that they would be keen to see one on the calendar.
“We have also received the backing of the Somerset Ladies County Golf Association, and we are delighted to be co-operating with the club once again.”
The Senior Golfers’ Society of Great Britain is also involved and has donated the trophy for the winner. Their spokesman, Gary Homer, said: “Our Society has a longstanding and close relationship with Burnham and Berrow Golf Club. We are delighted that the trophy we are donating, to be played for annually, will be used to promote and develop junior golf through the partnership of the club and Somerset Golf Union.”