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Top Junior Golf Tournaments in the UK

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As a junior golfer, you are probably already playing in competitions at your home course. If you are serious about playing golf, then you will have to go beyond just these home competitions. This is particularly true of golfers who want to play golf in college.

Some of the reasons to compete in junior golf tournaments are:

  • Improve your game: by playing on different courses around the UK, you will expand your skills as a golfer
  • Increased competitiveness: When you play in junior golf tournaments against some of the country’s top junior players, you take the competitiveness to a new level. This helps many young golfers stay motivated to improve their game.
  • Learn to handle pressure: Part of being a successful young golfer is knowing how to handle pressure. Competing in elite junior golf tournaments will definitely acquaint your with pressure!
  • Impress college coaches: College coaches expect golfers to have experience in junior golf tournaments. If you rank well in these tournaments, you might even be offered scholarships.


The Top Junior Golf Tournaments in the UK

There are many junior golf tournaments in the UK, and we highly recommend that you research them and see which ones you are eligible to compete in. Here are just some of the top junior golf tournaments for starters.

Duke of York Young Champions Trophy

  • Established in 2001
  • Countries: International
  • Courses: Held at links courses across the UK
  • 54-hole stroke play
  • Counts towards World Amateur Golf Rankings and the AJGA performance-based entry system
  • Open to boys and girls who are either the current holders of their Under 18 National Championship or have won some other major golfing event in the preceding twelve months

Boys Amateur Championship

  • Established 1921
  • Countries: International
  • Stroke play followed by match play
  • 252 competitors
  • Open to boys up to 18 years old

English Girls Open Amateur

  • Established in 1964
  • Countries: International
  • 72-hole stroke play played over 2 days
  • 132 competitors (field may be increased to a maximum of 144 competitors)
  • Open to girls who hold a CONGU “competition” handicap not exceeding 18.4 or comparable scheme recognized by overseas Golf Union, Federation, or Association.

St. Andrews Links Trophy (Boys Open and Junior Ladies’ Open)

  • Established 1948 (boys) and 1989 (ladies)
  • Countries: international
  • 150 competitors (boys)
  • Scratch and match play
  • Boys under 18 with handicap not exceeding 9; ladies under 23 with handicap not exceeding 28

McGregor Trophy

  • Established 1982
  • Countries: International
  • 72-hole stroke played over 3 days
  • Open to boys under 16 who hold a CONGU “competition” handicap not exceeding 5.4 or comparable scheme recognized by overseas Golf Union, Federation, or Association.

Fairhaven Trophy (Boys and Girls)

  • At Fairhaven course in Lancashire
  • Countries: International
  • 72-holes scratch stroke
  • Handicap limit: Boys 2, Girls 5

Boys’ County Champion of Champions

  • Established 2009
  • Country: UK only
  • Open to boys who are recognised by their County Union as the “Boys’ County Champion”


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