Junior European Open: Young stars look to impress at Alcaidesa
One of those young stars of golf is protecting his Junior European Open title in Spain this week.
Berry, who won as a last November, travelled to London back in March from his house in Doncaster to make sure he qualified first for the event of this year.
Since that time, Berry has been starring for its England U16s team throughout the summer and fall also as defending champion hit on the first shot on the first day of this season’s tournament.
He goes to the week’s finals at Alcaidesa on Spain’s Costa del Sol as a combined favourite with 15-year-old Archie Wyatt from Loretto college in Edinburgh, that performs +0.5 and won his qualifier in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, by eight shots.
In the girls’ event, a solid favourite has surfaced at Evanna Hynd, who qualified in Alloa and plays Lundin Golf Club at Fife. The 17-year-old gets the lowest-ever handicap from the women competition at +0.2 and she’s high hopes of following in the footsteps of the year old girls winner Holly Haslam, who is in the finals this year but only as a over-age player.
Hynd is one of 45 women who qualified to the finals along with 108 boysmore powerful than ever as a result of the championship being granted World Golf Amateur.
With world rankings becoming increasingly vital for golfers attempting to win places in American University programmes, entries from Canada and Australia were one of the 23 different nationalities represented at the qualifying process.
Tyler Weaver and english brothers Max possess their dad Jason, the jockey, now television presenter and commentator. 14, max, 17, qualified at Tyler and Bedford, booked his place at the forefront at Lingfield Park enough for a family, with a performance.
Excellent news for the tournament is that a finalist himself, Sky Sports Golf presenter Nick Dougherty is on hand to introduce the event and point a practice to the celebrities seeking to emulate his achievement.
Play began Saturday with the final round of the girls championship, with four rounds. For the boys, the final day is Thursday after a cut is made on Wednesday afternoon.
Daily scores will soon be available around the Junior European Open website and highlights will be shown on Sky Sports Golf at December.