With Dundonald Links welcoming the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time this summer, young golfers are also being handed the chance to be crowned a national champion when the Junior Scottish Open returns to the domestic calendar this July.
On the eve of a number of the world’s best golfers teeing up at Dundonald, the Junior Scottish Open will be staged nearby over the excellent municipal layout of Troon Links, Lochgreen on Tuesday 11 July.
After the success of last year’s inaugural Junior Scottish Open at Fortrose & Rosemarkie, the event has been extended this year to involve regional qualifying ahead of the finale in Ayrshire
Competitors will then have the chance to watch stars such as Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Russell Knox in action at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Pro-Am on Wednesday 12 July, with juniors going for free and each team receiving two adult tickets.
The event is open to all affiliated clubs in Scotland who are invited to enter a team of three juniors (aged under-16 at 11 July 2017), to be accompanied by one adult player.
After the opening Dunnikier Park qualifier on 20 May, further regional events are to follow at reigning Scottish Golf Club of the Year, Muir of Ord, on Sunday 11 June, Aboyne on Sunday 2 July, and at ex-Junior Club of the Year winner, Peebles, on Tuesday 4 July.
Ayr Seafield and Callander are also now holding events on 25 June.
The leading teams from each regional qualifier will book a place in the Junior Scottish Open at Lochgreen. The format for the Junior Scottish Open events is four-ball better ball.
Jackie Davidson, Acting Head of Development at Scottish Golf, said: “We look forward to the return of the Junior Scottish Open, which is a great event for young players.
“The event is aimed at attracting juniors new to competition, creating a learning opportunity in a more relaxed environment, the opportunity to play different courses and build confidence to take part in future events. The adult is there to support the juniors in making the most of the experience.
“The event is also designed to support clubs in the retention of young golfers while giving new golfers the opportunity to experience the game in a fun format.”
The adult must have an official CONGU handicap to compete in the event, while juniors may have either a current CONGU handicap (ideally 10-28 for boys / 10-36 for girls) or a Club handicap.