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Entries are now open for the eighth edition of the Oceânico World Kids Golf Championship (OWKG) – with the appeal of the professionally-run international ‘tour’ event for juniors proving more popular than ever.

Taking place from July 25-29 at the renowned Amendoeira Golf Resort on the Algarve in Portugal, organisers are already confident of eclipsing the record 142 competitors who took on the Oceanico Faldo and O’Connor Jnr courses last year.

With all the trappings of a professional tournament, such as international television coverage, live scoreboards, rules officials, ‘tour’ dress standards, a glamorous prize giving function and world ranking points for the older categories, it’s no surprise that the entry list is filling up fast for the R&A-sanctioned event.

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The unique OWKG concept combines a serious golf tournament open to both genders and ages from seven upwards with a fun, family-friendly event. A casual parent/child tournament kicks off proceedings on Monday, July 25, before the first two tournament rounds, a rest day, and then the last day of competitive golf on Friday, July 29.

There are five age categories, and handicaps can range from positive numbers to 36 in the junior divisions. This means plenty of opportunity for any player to win gross or net prizes. Ultimate glory – and the overall champion’s trophy – will go to the player with the best gross total.

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“This tournament is such an exciting one for both us and our competitors,” said Oceanico Group chairman Christopher Powell. “There’s nothing quite like it in the world of golf, where juniors can travel to a competitive international golf tournament that has real gravitas and a keen competitive element, while at the same time enjoying a family holiday in Portugal and getting their parents involved in the fun.”

Tournament fees for the public are €230 for under tens or €270 for other categories. And in keeping with the family holiday aspect of the event, on-site accommodation packages, that include tournament fees and golf for parents, are also available. These start from €1,130 for six nights.

For full details and to enter see: http://www.oceanicogolf.com/tournaments/oceanico-world-kids-golf/entry-form.html

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