Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club hosted a qualifying round for the 22nd Andalucia Junior European Open.
This was the first time that a qualifying competition has been held in Aberdeenshire and despite the rain, many excellent scores were achieved. Unfortunately, no girls had entered the qualifying round at Newburgh. The winner with a score of 69 was Stephen Roger (Cruden Bay) and the runner up with a 72 was Dylan Smith (Murcar). Both will take part in the grand finals in Spain.
Third place went to Calvin Cheyne (Newmachar) with a score of 75 and fourth place went to Keiran Nolan (Kemnay) with a 76. Calvin and Keiran have been placed on the standby list for the finals and may yet get to play if other qualifiers are not able to attend. The competition is widely believed to be the toughest test for junior golf in the UK. The finals are staged in Andalucia over five rounds on different courses including Finca Cortesin, which was a recent venue for the Volvo World Matchplay. The tournament is open to boys and girls. It is an individual strokeplay event played off scratch and there is no handicap limit for entry into the competition.
This year the event was open to boys born on or after January 1, 1997, and to girls born on or after January 1, 1996.