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Junior Open

Top Juniors Go for the Kent International Junior Open


Entries from some of Kent's top Junior golfers are flooding in for the third Kent International Junior Open, taking place this coming Monday August 6th at Etchinghill Golf Course being organised by Champion International. Major Sponsors include Barretts, the Kent Messenger Group, Nevada Bob, White Horse Press, Golf Today and, of course, Etchinghill Golf Course. The 72 places available for young golfers in Kent are fast filling up and organisers are urging Juniors - especially girl golfers - to get their entries in without delay.

The Tournament has been especially designed to cater for every level of Golfer - with a Gold Category for boys with a handicap of 7 or under, and for girls with a handicap of 9 or under; a Silver Category for boys with a handicap of 8 to 15 inclusive, and for girls with handicap of 10 to 20 inclusive and a Bronze Category for boys with handicaps of 16 to 28 and girls with handicaps of 21 to 45.

Last year's winner Robert Clark, a member of Etchinghill is returning with a 5 handicap to defend his title; Abbas Ali Mawji, now aged 14, with a +1 handicap, is flying over all the way from Zimbabwe for the third year running to participate...last year Abbas came third. Also returning to defend her title is Italian star golfer Federica Angioletti, who won the Kentish Gazette Trophy and then went on to become runner-up for the Daily Telegraph Center Park Tournament's finals in Florida.

Hamish Morrison, another well-known Kentish Junior golfer, member of Royal St. Georges and Royal Cinque Ports with a 5 handicap is hoping for success in the Tournament along with Luke Brown from Gillingham Golf Club with a 7 handicap. Other young stars to have confirmed their participation include former winner Tom Sherreard from The Ridge with a 5.4 handicap, Ben Pemble from Gillingham Golf Club with a 6.5 handicap; Toby Pentecost from Sene valley Golf Club with an 8 handicap; Adam Mercer from Etchinghill and Michael Cutting from Broke Hill both with a 10 handicap;Warren Eve from Homelands Golf club with a 10 handicap; Tim Lewin from Tenterden Golf Club with a 10 handicap; and the Kentish Gazette is appealing for more girls to come forward for its special Best Girls's Trophy to join well-known names such as Tippy Parnell from Sundbridge Park Golf Club,Clare Aitken from Mid-Kent Golf Club with a splendid 6 handicap; and Daisy Taylor from Sidcup to mention a few.

"We are expecting a great display of Junior Golf from over 54 Kentish Golf Clubs and some 10 overseas countries on the 6th August," said organisers Sonia Copeland and Stuart Holmes of Champion International, the local Canterbury based firm who also organise the Junior Open Championships for the Royal and Ancient, Golf Club of St. Andrews which is held traditionally alongside the Open Championship"but the Tournament has been stragetically organised to encourage all levels of golfers to compete - from the very best to the up-and-coming and those keen to show off their talent...both girls and boys. We welcome parents too to Etchinghill for an evening barbeque and to enjoy a great day out!"

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