Preview: Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup

More than 100 children will arrive in East Lothian this week to take part in the 2019 Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup at Craigielaw Golf Club. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 3rd October and will be the 22nd staging of the event.

Loretto is the oldest boarding school in Scotland and was the first in the country to establish their own golf academy. This week’s Championship is the UK’s largest school golf competition and attracts players from all over the country.

The Loretto Golf Academy, established in 2002, offers pupils the exceptional opportunity to develop their sporting talent in tandem with a first-class education.  The Loretto Golf Academy delivers golf to pupils form the age of 5 right up to 18, while also offering camps throughout the summer for 10 to 16-year-olds.

The golf school operates from the School’s practice facilities and local golf courses in East Lothian, and is led by their Director of Golf, Rick Valentine, and a top-class team of Loretto coaching professionals.

Scottish Golf’s partnership with Loretto stretches back to 2004 when the School first supported the Scottish Boys’ and Girls’ Under-14s Championships. This partnership has grown from strength to strength since and Scottish Golf are delighted to be supporting the 2019 Loretto Golf Academy Junior Championship and Simmers Cup.

As part of the event, there will be four age group categories – Under 9, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 – as well as one team category.

Under 9s

This event will be a six-hole competition around the Craigielaw South Links. The format will be stableford +2 which means every competitor will receive two shots per hole.  The winner will be the competitor returning the best stableford score.

Under 11s

This event will be a nine-hole competition around the Craigielaw Golf Course. As with the Under 9s’ event, the format will be stableford +2 with the winner being the competitor returning the highest points total.

Under 13s and Under 15s

Both the Under 13 and Under 15 events will be held over 18 holes around the Craigielaw Golf Course. The format will be stableford with handicap limits of 28 for boys and 36 for girls.  There will be both scratch and handicap prizes available in these events.

Team Event

In the Under 13 and Under 15 categories, there will also be a team competition – all schools with at least two players competing will automatically be entered.  The team score will consist of the two best scratch scores from players competing from each school, in each age group.

It was hosts Loretto who took home the team title in 2018 and they will be hoping for another good year as they look to defend that title.

The lowest handicapped player in the field for the event is Daniel Bullen of Merchiston who will enter the Under 15 category with a handicap of 0.9, while the Under 13 event is led by St Leonards’ Ewen Farquhar with a handicap of 10.

Play will get underway on Thursday at 8.00am with the Under 13s and Under 15s heading out first.  The first tee time for the Under 9s and Under 11s will be at 12.00pm and the final tee time of the day will be at 1.10pm.

Results from each of the different categories will be available on the Scottish Golf website following the conclusion of play.