Young golfers chance to play in Highland Spring Junior Masters

TEE UP: Golfers get ready for new season
TEE UP: Golfers get ready for new season

YOUNG golfers across Scotland have the chance to experience the 2014 Ryder Cup venue at Gleneagles in Perthshire.

The stunning international standard course is hosting the biggest grassroots golf event in Scotland the Highland Spring Junior Masters.

Entries are now open for this year’s tournament which is run in conjunction with ClubGolf, Scotland’s national junior golf development programme and assisted by the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA).

It is open to boys and girls aged under 16 on January 1, 2012, who are members of a Scottish Golf Union or SLGA affiliated golf club.

The leading players from four regional qualifiers, played over the school holidays in July and August, will win a place in the grand final and battle it out to be national champion over the world-famous Queen’s Course at Gleneagles on Sunday, October 7.

The first qualifier is at Auchterarder on July 13, then Hopeman on Jul 16, Vale of Leven on July 24 before the final qualifier at Silverknowes on August 8.

The Junior Masters, sponsored by iHighland Spring for the first time in 2011, is now an ‘open’ event for all junior club members after a format change.

In previous years, clubs selected junior members to play in the event but parents can now enter their children, provided they are golf club members, through the new open format.

The handicap limit is 28 for boys and 36 for girls and the field will be decided on a reverse handicap ballot.

Leah Holmes, sponsorship executive at Highland Spring, said: “We encourage all young golf club members across the country to take part in this great competition and secure the wonderful opportunity to play at Gleneagles.

“Highland Spring is committed to supporting golf in Scotland from a grass roots level.”

Entry forms for the 2012 Highland Spring Junior Masters are available with a closing date of Friday, May 25.