Search for young golfers

YOUNG golfers from Angus are being urged to test their skills against some of the world’s top talent at a major junior golf tournament this summer.

Around 500 players from 30 countries are expected to descend on Scotland for the 2011 US Kids Golf European Championships.

Some of the best young golfers from across the globe will battle it out for the title of US Kids Golf European Champion as well as coveted places in the US Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, later this year.

So far no youngsters from the Angus region have registered to compete in the event and organisers are urging junior golfers in the region to sign up to join the international field.

Youngsters aged from five to 18 will be challenging across five historic courses in East Lothian for the various age group European Champion titles at the event which also aims to promote the sport among children and families as well as giving young players the chance to forge lifelong friendships through the game of golf.

The tournament takes place from May 31 to June 2 over five historic courses - Gullane No. 2, Gullane No. 3, Craigielaw Golf Club, Luffness New Golf Club and Longniddry Golf Club. The courses will be modified for each age group in order to provide the same level challenge meaning holes are progressively shorter as the age groups get younger. It ultimately allows the players to reach the greens in the same number of strokes as the top pros on the PGA tour.

The top finishers in each category will compete in the Van Horn Cup over Gullane No 1 – 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.

For more information or to register for the US Kids Golf European Championships, visit www.uskidsgolf.com