The 2017 Junior European Open

This is the 25th anniversary of the Junior European Open that was first organized in 1993. The championship has gone a long way since then and it is now seen as the most difficult test for junior golf players not only in the UK but throughout the entire European continent. This year’s Champions Week Finals are held in Andalucia, Spain over 5 rounds on 2 top class golf courses.

How to enter

Juniors can enter the competition by either being nominated by UK golf clubs or by signing up on their own at the Regional Finals. Each UK golf club can send up to 6 juniors to the Regionals. The entry fee is £39 per player. There is an age eligibility requirement: only boys born on or after 1/1/2000 and girls born on or after 1/1/1999 can participate to the Junior European Open. However, you should know there is a separate event for U13 boys and girls born after 1/1/2003.

The registration closes on 12/08/2017. Up to this date, entries are guaranteed. You can still sign up after 12/08 but acceptance is not guaranteed. If players don’t qualify at their first attempt, their can re-enter the championship at another date and venue for a total of 3 times per year.

What’s special?

This competition has a rule unheard of at any other junior events in Europe: the top 2 boys and 1 girl from all Regional Finals go directly to the Champions Week in Spain from November. Several expenses will be paid by the organizers, for example all the green fees, 7-nights accommodation in top class venues and daily transfers to the golf clubs, among other things.

Venues and dates

The Regionals started a while back at the beginning of April but they will continue until 1/10. Here are the remaining venues and dates for the Regional Finals:Meyrick Park GC, 15/08

  • Meyrick Park GC, 15/08
  • Stonebridge GC, 19/08
  • The Bedford GC, 20/08
  • Garfoth GC, 21/08
  • Tudor Park GC, 24/08
  • Woodbury Park GC, 29/08
  • Reading GC, 29/08
  • Telford GC, 30/08
  • Tytherington GC, 31/08
  • Kendal GC, 01/09
  • Alloa GC, 02/09
  • Newburgh GC, 03/09
  • Pyle & Kenfig GC, 17/09
  • Dunmurry GC, 24/09
  • Low Laiths GC, 01/10.

Former champions

Natalie Armbruester and Ollie Read were 2016’s winners of the Junior European Open. A year before that, Steffen Foley from Dorset and Megan Glies from Cornwall had the honour of being champions.