Seacroft to host boys national golf tournament

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Skegness’s Seacroft Golf Club has been chosen to host The English Boys’ U16 Stroke Play Championship.

The McGregor Trophy and The Nations Cup will be held from Tuesday, July 16 until Thursday, July 18.

The official practice day is Monday, July 15 in preperation for this very prestigious event on the amateur golfing calendar.

The Championship is 72 holes of stroke play, over three days.

Eighteen holes are played on each of the first two days and after 36 holes, the leading 40 competitors and those tying for 40th place play a further 36 holes on the third day.

In total 132 players will take part in the event.

The winner will be the competitor who returns the lowest score over 72 holes.

In the event of a tie, there will be a sudden death play off.

Previous winners of the event include Eduardo Molinari, Justin Rose and Graeme Storm and Lincolnshire’s own Jim Payne, who won the event twice in 1986 and 1987.

The young Lee Westwood competed for four consecutive years in the competition from 1987 to 1990. And these are just a handful of the young amateurs who played in The McGregor Trophy and went on to become world class players at the professional level.

The Nations Cup was incorporated into the event in 2005, as a result of many nations taking part in one of the most important amateur events for golfers aged under 16 in Europe.

It is awarded to the leading nation with the best gross aggregate team score, after the first thirty six holes of the McGregor Trophy; with the leading two scores to count from a team of three players.

The public are welcome to spectate and there is no charge.

Club Captain, John Allen, said: “Seacroft Golf Club is delighted to be hosting such a prestigious event on the amateur golf calendar and welcomes players from so many different countries.”