Golf’s champions of the future are being invited to test themselves in competition with the announcement of the schedule for the YMG Junior Masters 2006 tournament.
The tournament, which is open to all YMG junior golfers aged 5 to 16 years, will visit 14 venues up and down the UK and Ireland, building to a National Final in the early autumn. The tournament kicks off on Monday 24 July in Northern Ireland and will be followed by three regional qualifiers in Ireland, before moving across the Irish Sea to the South West & Wales qualifier in South Gloucestershire.
Scotland, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, East Yorkshire, Dorset, Essex, Middlesex and Cheshire will follow, with the final qualifier taking place on Friday 25 August at Morley Hayes in Derbyshire.
“It’s an extensive programme of qualifiers for this year’s YMG Junior Masters,” confirmed YMG’s Dave Gosling, “but we wanted to give as many boys and girls as possible the chance to compete in the tournament, which is why we have added extra events and venues this year.”
Last year saw some 1,400 junior golfers between the ages of 4 and 16 compete for a place in the National Final, and this year the events will attract even more.
“Every YMG Junior Member is welcome to take part in the tournament,” said Dave Gosling “and they are guaranteed to have a brilliant day with the emphasis on having fun. So whether this is their first junior tournament or their 31st, all YMG golfers are welcome to enter.”
There are five age categories, with the winning boy and girl in each age group at each event qualifying progressing to the national final, scheduled for the end of September.
Last year’s YMG Junior Masters tournament final produced some exceptional performances, as the overall title of top boy and girl went to ten-year old Lisa Maguire from Enniskillen and seven-year old Billy Spooner from Lincolnshire.
The Young Masters Golf (YMG) Junior Golf programme is the sport’s first ever comprehensive programme designed to introduce boys and girls to the game of golf. In just three years, over 650 golf clubs throughout the UK and Ireland have become YMG Academies, introducing more than 33,000 youngsters to the sport.
An entry form and more information about the YMG Junior Masters 2006 tournament is available from YMG Junior Golf Academies up and down the UK and Ireland.