• Fends off competition from more than 400 youngsters
• "To win the American Golf Junior Championship is pleasing"
Joseph Amer became only the second American Golf National Junior champion after fending off competition from some of the UK and Ireland’s best young golfers to claim the title.
Taking place at Ping’s headquarters at Gainsborough GC in Lincolnshire, more than 400 youngsters took part in the company’s six qualifying events this summer, with all proceeds from the event being donated to the Golf Foundation.
Joseph was one of just 36 players to make it through to the final and, playing off 14, he came home three clear of his nearest to notch an impressive 40 points, while also claiming a Ping G30 driver and Cadence putter.
"I hope I can play in more tournaments like this in the future" - Joseph Amer
“To win the American Golf Junior Championship is pleasing, because I haven’t played in a tournament like it before,” said Joseph. “I hope I can play in more tournaments like this in the future as it provided such a great experience. I’d also like to congratulate the other players and wish them luck in the future.”
Thirteen-year-old Eva Kenny from Swords was crowned American Golf Girl’s Junior champion after scoring 35 points, while the Ping Star of the Future award went to eight-year-old Stanley Lin for a second time.
Stanley, from Telford, notched an impressive 45 points, with his love of golf, positive attitude and sportsmanship receiving huge support from the event organisers.
The response to the event from youngsters and parents alike has proven the importance of such initiatives and American Golf’s head of marketing Daniel Gathercole couldn’t have been happier with how things went.
"The standard of golf is fantastic" - Daniel Gathercole
“This is the second year we have run the Junior event and I am delighted to say that the group of young golfers we have welcomed here at Gainsborough has impressed us yet again.
"The standard of golf is fantastic, but what really inspires us is the attitude and sportsmanship of every single participant. The feedback from the players and their parents is incredible and we are really proud to be able to give Junior golfers a real tournament experience.”
The American Golf Junior Championship is just one of several initiatives that the company has introduced in the last year to get more people golfing. The inaugural American Golf Nine Hole Championship is currently underway, with the final taking place at the Belfry in October and the winners of the American Golf Longest Drive Championship are all set to take their places at the World Long Drive Championships in Dallas Texas later this year.