The Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship returned to Amendoeira Golf Resort for the ninth consecutive year recently, where 136 of the world’s most promising young golfers enjoyed a fun-filled competition and the chance to experience life as a tour professional.
Sanctioned by the R&A and with World Amateur Golf Ranking points on offer, the event attracted some of Europe’s finest young golfers to the Algarve venue to test themselves over the Faldo and O’Connor Jnr courses. The former was recently named Portugal’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards.
Played over three rounds, the competition reached a climax on Friday, as Englishman Cavan Mallon finished with a two-over-par 74 to take the Under 18s Championship, while Margaux Catafort Silva won the Girls Under 18s Championship.
With a giant leaderboard, post-round interviews in the media centre with Portugal’s pre-eminent press officer Hugo Ribeiro, and the added pressure of playing in front of the TV cameras – the event is set to be broadcast on Sky Sports later this year – the ninth Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship was once again far from your average junior golf tournament.
Oceanico Group chairman, Chris Howell, said of the event: “It’s inclusive. It’s something the whole family can enjoy, but with the prime focus on the kids. It’s more than just a golf tournament. By the end of the week, everybody has become part of Amendoeira.
“Planning is already underway for the tenth year of the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship in 2018 and we look forward to welcoming another full field of youngsters to celebrate this significant milestone with us.”
With the competition in full swing from Tuesday, parents and relatives of the players were afforded the opportunity to sample the wider Amendoeira Golf Resort, its stunning surroundings and world-class facilities, including its tennis and football academy, often vistited by some of the world’s most prominent sporting teams.
Entries are already for next year’s Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship which, as chairman Howell says, is the tenth edition of the event. For more information, please visit amendoeiraresort.com/tournaments/oceanico-world-kids-golf/