Junior Open Gets Inspiration
Report with thanks to the R&A. Photographs by Sally Devine
THE Open Champion Padraig
Harrington took the Claret Jug to the opening ceremony of The Junior
Open, hoping to inspire the young golfers competing in the biennial
competition to follow in his footsteps. The event was held at the
Hesketh Golf Club.
Padraig started playing golf from the age of 4 and loved to practice
with his brothers, an uncle and his father. He played in his first
official amateur tournament aged 15, the Connaught Boys
Championship, playing off scratch, and came second. He was Ireland’s
top amateur for two years in a row and was part of the winning
Walker Cup team in 1995 at Royal Porthcawl.
Every 2 years The R&A asks its affiliated national bodies in 120
countries to send a boy and girl (12 to 16 years) to play in The Junior
Open. This 5th event in the series has attracted a record entry of
115 young players from 70 countries, ranging from Chile to China,
Ireland to India and Nigeria to Nicaragua. Young Chinese players are
competing for the first time.
Padraig Harrington is taking time out from his bid to become the
first European, back-to-back winner, of The Open Championship since
James Braid in 1906.
Good luck to all the players in the 2008 Junior Open
from all of us at Southport & Mersey Reporter.
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