Golfing tournament scores a PR Scotland hole in one
Ali Howard reports in The Herald about the three-day US Kids Golf European Championship which sees over 500 hundred young players aged between five and 18 compete in a bid to be titled champion.
The event takes place in Gullane Golf Club, East Lothian with children coming from all over the world – Australia, Venezuela and Egypt to name just a few.
Tournament co-ordinator Alasdair Good, the head PGA professional at Gullane, said: “The championship this year involves one of the biggest fields of competitors we have ever had. We have competitors from almost 40 countries including, for the first time, youngsters from Namibia, China and Japan.”
The tournament which has now been running for four years is organised by the US Kids Golf Foundation whose mission is to encourage junior golf worldwide and help coach life lessons while also allowing the young players to form solid friendships. Hosting the tournament brings an estimated £3 million boost to the economy and helps promote Scottish and East Lothian golf to a global audience.
Dan Van Horn, president and founder of US Kids Golf, said: “The skill of these players really has to be seen to be believed. Despite their young ages, they demonstrate great poise, balance and professionalism.”