Dundonald Links, on Scotland’s Ayrshire Coast will again be hosting the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy from 11th – 13th September, 2007.
The Duke of York Trophy, now in its seventh year, is a unique, international 54-hole stroke play golf tournament for boys and girls who are either the current holders of their Under 18 National Championship or have won selected major golfing events in the preceding year.
Sanctioned by the R & A and now counting towards the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the tournament is organised in a similar fashion to a professional tour event to give the potential golfing stars of the future a chance to experience what life as a pro might involve.
Running since 2001, the tournament has featured some fine talent including European Tour young-gun Oliver Fisher who won the event in 2005, European Amateur Champion, Rory McIlroy and Pablo Martin, who recently won as an amateur on The European Tour. This year’s event will feature a field of over 45 champions from more than 23 countries, with the average handicap likely to be an impressive scratch.
“I am delighted that the tournament is returning to Dundonald Links in September and look forward to building on the success of last year’s event. It is also good to note the successes that many of our past players are enjoying such as Oliver Fisher, now in his first year on the European Tour, Sam Hutsby as an England national squad player and Anna Nordqvist who is currently 3rd in the European Amateur Ladies’ rankings,” commented the event’s Patron, HRH The Duke of York.
John Caven, director of operations at Dundonald Links said: “We are delighted to be once again hosting this prestigious tournament that does so much for junior golf. The course should provide a stern but fair test for these talented youngsters.”