Arbroath Golf hosts youth championship

Golfer tees off
Golfer tees off

Young golfers will congregate in Arbroath for the Scottish under 16’s Open Amateur Stroke Play

Championship.

The event has been awarded to Arbroath Golf Links for the 2015 season.

First staged in 1983 it has become a key event in the Scottish junior golf circuit. Competitors will come from all over the UK and Europe to participate, bringing with them friends and family.

The club hopes this will bring in much needed revenue to hotels, local restaurants, visitor attractions in Arbroath and the surrounding areas.

An entry of 189 applications were received, which will be amended to 144 competitors with a maximum handicap of 8.4. This will be cut to the top 40 qualifiers and tied for the final rounds.

The practice day starts on Monday, June 29, at 7 am with the tournament officially teeing off on Monday and Tuesday, starting with two qualifying rounds. The final top 40 will compete on the Thursday, July 2, over two rounds.

A spokesperson said: “These boys are the very best in the UK and Europe and we hope that the local people will come out and support these boys in their quest to become the Scottish Champion.

“This event will not run itself, local golfers are requested to come along and give their assistance in making the tournament a great success and welcome the boys and their family and friends to Arbroath.

“We required funds and have been fortunate to receive a generous assistance from Angus Council’s Community Grant Scheme with much appreciated assistance from their local officers, in particular Shelley Hague and also our local councillors who serve on Arbroath’s Golf Course Committee of Management.

‘‘We are grateful for their support throughout each year.

“The Scottish Golf Union also supplied us with financial assistance and technical support over the last few years, for which we are indebted.

“They have supported us in the past few years by bringing several tournaments to Arbroath Golf Links.

‘‘We can only assume, that whatever we are doing is to their liking, as they keep returning much to our delight.

“This brings good recognition to Arbroath Golf Links especially to our staff and our professional, Lindsay Ewart, who all work extremely hard without much recognition throughout the year.”

Now attracting some of the best young players from countries all over the world, some prominent amateurs have won the the Championship in the past, including Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup stars David Patrick (1991) and David Inglis (1997 and 1998).

Fifer Peter Whiteford, now playing his trade on the European Tour, won the title in 1996.