The U.S Kids Golf European Championship is set to bring its largest ever international field to Scotland.
The news means the U.S Kids Golf European Championship has underlined its reputation as Europe’s premier junior tournament.
More than 560 young golfers have entered the competition this year – an increase of 50 from 2013’s event.
Competitors from across the globe – including such unusual locations as Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Nigeria, and as far away as Japan – will travel to Scotland to play on five historic East Lothian links courses.
The U.S Kids Golf European Championship is organised by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation to give children an opportunity to learn, play golf and forge new friendships, while challenging each other for the European Champion titles in various age groups.
"The European Championship is now a major fixture on the calendar for the world’s best young golfers.”
Dan Van Horn, President and founder of U.S. Kids Golf, said: “Our ambition has been to see the European Championship grow in strength from year to year, so to see registrations hit record numbers clearly demonstrates the growing reputation and quality of the tournament.
“We’re incredibly proud of the quality competition we have built in conjunction with the superb partnerships we have formed with golf clubs in Scotland. The European Championship is now a major fixture on the calendar for the world’s best young golfers.”
During the U.S Kids Golf European Championship, the courses are modified for each age group in order to provide the same level challenge; meaning holes are progressively shorter as the age groups get younger.
The top five finishers in each age and gender group also automatically receive an invitation to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, in August.
The U.S Kids Golf European Championship will take place 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.