Ffion Tynan, from Rhondda Cyon Taf in South Wales, teed off her preparations to retain her U.S Kids European crown in perfect fashion as she scooped the Scottish Girls Under-16’s title.
Swinging into the new season on style, 11-year-old Tynan took on a 90-strong field to win the coveted Murray Donald and Caithness NETT Cup at Strathmore Golf Club in Blairgowrie.
The youngster has been tipped for the top, and is hoping the cup win will serve to boost her hopes of retaining the U.S. Kids Golf European Championships title held at Gullane, Craigielaw, Luffness New and Longniddry at the end of this month.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and I’m counting down the days until I return to the fantastic courses in East Lothian for the U.S. Kids Golf European Championships." - Ffion Tynan
Speaking of her love of Scottish golf, Ffion said: “I absolutely love coming up to Scotland to compete. The courses are so beautiful and the people are always very friendly.
“I’m over the moon to have won the Scottish Girls Under-16s competition especially as there were some really strong players up against me.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season and I’m counting down the days until I return to the fantastic courses in East Lothian for the U.S. Kids Golf European Championships.
“Last year I met so many new friends at the championships from places as far afield as New Zealand. I have stayed in touch with them through Twitter so can’t wait to be reunited with this May.”
After her win at the U.S. Kids Golf Championships last year, Ffion’s father Andrew Tynan commented on how the experience helped further inspire his daughter.
He said: “To be surrounded by some of the world’s finest golfing talents at the championships at such a young age really helped cement Ffion’s passion for the game.
“Not only are the U.S. Kids Golf Championships beneficial to her golf, but she has also learnt some great life skills, made some friends from around the world and broadened her horizons a great deal.
“The atmosphere at the U.S. Kids Golf Championships is truly special and is also fantastic for us parents as we can share advice on how we can help our kids balance golf with their school work and other hobbies.
“I’m really looking forward to returning to East Lothian with Ffion in May for what is definitely one of the highlights of our summer.
He added: “Obviously it would be brilliant if Ffion manages to retain her title at this year’s event but so long as she continues smiling, that’s enough for me.”
To help fund Ffion’s Scottish travel and accommodation, Alness based company, Be Personnel has subsidised her costs.
U.S. Kids European Championship dates and entry details
The 2014 U.S. Kids Golf European Championships takes places over May 27 -29 over five famous East Lothian courses: Gullane No.2, Gullane No.3, Craigielaw Golf Club, Luffness New Golf Club and Longniddry Golf Club.
Entry for the event is now open with categories for young players of all ages and abilities. More information can be found at www.uskidsgolf.com.