Over 250 young golfers will tee it up in Scotland next week as the 2019 season gets underway with the Scottish Boys’ and Girls’ Opens.
The Boys’ Open will take place at West Kilbride Golf Club from Wednesday 10 April to Friday 12 April while the Girls’ Open will be staged at St Andrews’ Eden Course on the same dates.
Scottish Boys’ Open
Players from 14 countries will compete for the Boys’ Open title, won by Germany’s Patrick Schmuecking at Montrose in 2018. Looking to follow in Schmuecking’s footsteps, fellow countryman, Luc Robin Breue, is the highest ranked player in the 144-strong field.
The home hope comes from Aidan O’Hagan and speaking to Scottish Golf ahead of this week’s event, O’Hagan said:
“I’m very excited for the event at West Kilbride this week, I know the course well and I’m looking forward to competing around it. It will be great to put all the work I’ve done in the winter to the test in a great event.”
O’Hagan will get his first round underway on the links at 2.00pm alongside fellow Scots John Jack and Christian Barbour.
The40 lowest scores over 36 holes, plus ties, will progress to Friday’s final day where a further 36 holes of stroke play will determine the 2019 Scottish Boys’ Open Champion.
Scottish Girls’ Open Championship
The Scottish Girls’ Open Championship will be contested by 120 competitors from 14 countries and with players from as far afield as Australia, there will truly be a global feel to this year’s championship at St Andrews’ Eden Course.
Germany’s Anni Eisenhut is the highest ranked player in the field with a handicap of +3.0, however she will face tough competition from Scotland’s very own Hannah Darling who will be looking to follow up on a stellar 2018 where she won the inaugural R&A Girls’ U16 Open Championship and the Scottish Girls’ Amateur Championship.
In a year where Darling has her sights set on qualification for the PING Junior Solheim Cup, she is looking forward to the challenge at St Andrews this week, saying:
“I am really excited for one of the first events of the season and having the chance to play at the Home of Golf makes it very special, I can’t wait!”
Darling will get her first round underway on the Eden Course at 10.20am on Wednesday.
The first stage of this year’s Scottish Girls’ Open includes two qualifying rounds of stroke play before the top 60, including ties, progress to the final round of stroke play.