The UK’s leading golf competition, for 5 to 12 year olds, the HSBC Wee Wonders Open Golf Championships, is now open for registration. Now in its 12th year, the Championships continues to lead the way in grassroots golf, with over 3,000 young aspiring golfers each year enjoying the challenges and thrills of competitive golf. With a qualifying round registration fee of £6, a record number of entrants are expected this year, so parents and children are advised to sign up now by visiting www.hsbcweewonders.co.uk
Played on a par 3 course, the Championships allow competitors to play 36 shots and place their flag where their final shot finishes, with the winners being those achieving the greatest distance around the course. This format makes it an enjoyable for all levels of golfer. Winners of each boys and girls age category proceed through the tournament stages (68 local qualifiers, 9 regional finals) to the Grand Final at the home of golf, St Andrews.
In addition to their day at St Andrews, the Grand Final winners of the boys and girls 11-12 year age categories will be provided with the unique opportunity to showcase their talent at this year’s HSBC World Match Play Pro-Am day alongside their heroes, including last year’s winner Michael Campbell.
Giles Morgan, head of sports sponsorship & marketing, HSBC said, “HSBC take pride in programmes which help to bring golf to the community. It is through grassroots golf initiatives such as HSBC Wee Wonders, that we can ensure young UK talent has an avenue to grow and develop “.
HSBC’s international investment and support for golf continues to grow. In addition to its existing title sponsorship of three leading tournaments worldwide – the HSBC World Match Play Championship, held at Wentworth, the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm, New Jersey, USA and the HSBC Champions, Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, HSBC recently added the Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open at Emeralda Golf Club in Jakarta to its international portfolio.
HSBC’s worldwide commitment to golf extends to grassroots golf at a local level. In the UK alone, a comprehensive development programme includes HSBC Wee Wonders, a dynamic junior golf tournament for 5-12 year old boys and girls, the HSBC Amateur Match Play, a high-profile amateur equivalent match play competition and this year will host the first HSBC Junior Match Play tournament for 12-18 year old boys and girls. The bank also supports a number of other golf initiatives, including a Top 120 and Regional Course Ranking, customer golf days and a number of strategic media partnerships aimed at generating greater awareness of their investment into golf.
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