A record field of 604 competitors will play in this year’s US Kids Golf European Championships which takes place from 26 to 28 May over five famous East Lothian courses: Gullane No.2, Gullane No.3, Craigielaw Golf Club, Luffness New Golf Club and Longniddry Golf Club. Now in its seventh year, this year’s event will have extra appeal for the competitors, coming just a few weeks before Gullane Golf Club hosts the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The top finishers in each category will compete in the Van Horn Cup at Luffness New Golf Course on 29 May, a showpiece event, modelled on the Ryder Cup, where the best European players are matched up against the top golfers from the rest of the world. The top five finishers in each age and gender group also automatically receive an invitation to the US Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, in August.
Tournament co-ordinator and Gullane Golf Club professional Alasdair Good said, “There’s no doubt there will be added interest and excitement as the young players get a chance to say they will be playing in a tournament that hosts one of the best events on the European Tour. We are looking forward to East Lothian hosting both the young stars of the future alongside the best of the best at the Scottish Open.”
Dan Van Horn, president and founder of US Kids Golf, said it was a tribute to the reputation which the European Championships has forged that the tournament continues to go from strength to strength. “It is so thrilling to – once again – have a record field play in the US Kids Golf European Championships. That is all the more pleasing as we are now in our seventh year in East Lothian, yet interest in the tournament from around the globe seems to grow and grow.”