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The fixture list includes lots of useful information about competitions for all levels of Junior Golfers i.e. Junior Opens, East Lothian Junior Golf League competitions and matches, Stephen Gallagher Foundation events in East Lothian and lots of non handicap fun comps. To improve your golf skills it is really important to play in as many different competitions on different courses as often as you can. East Lothian has a wide variety of courses from links (next to the sea) to parkland (in the countryside) long (par 73) to short (par 66)! These competitions offer juniors a very affordable opportunity to gain experience of all of these variations and will help them to become well rounded golfers.
The fun competitions, in red section, are led by East Lothian Council and are an opportunity for younger golfers to practice. We are lucky to have a number of Par 3 courses in East Lothian: Musselburgh Monktonhall GC, Fisherrow Links, Seton Sands, Craigielaw GC, Gullane GC and North Berwick Golf Club.
Beginners are encouraged to attend coaching and practice playing round a Par 3 course before coming to a competition so they have a bit of experience. Beginners/players under 9 should be accompanied by an adult until they are confident with the basic rules, keeping score and keeping a good speed walking round the course (and carrying their bag!)
Junior Fun Competitions Open to players with or without handicaps generally aged 9 and above. Younger children with some playing or coaching experience are welcome to enter too. We try to have an adult with each group to help with rules and scoring so parents are asked to make themselves available. Competitions cost £3 each which is payable on the day. Competitions are played in 2 divisions: Non Handicap/Primary aged players who play rookie rules (1 shot in the bunker, 6 shots max on par 3 and 10 shots max per hole on full courses, forward tees) or Handicap/Secondary aged players
The East Lothian Junior Golf Order of Merit Players clock up points at the Junior Fun Competitions and at the end of the season the top 6 players in each division qualify for an end of season prize winners coaching clinic. Points allocated at each of the competitions are as follows: 1st: 100 pts 2nd: 75 pts 3rd: 50 pts 4th: 25pts, 5th: 10 pts, Participation: 5pts
Stephen Gallacher Foundation Competitions Flag and Strokeplay Competitions which are open to with or without handicaps. Event winners will qualify for regional finals. Competitions cost £5 which is payable when booking online: http://www.sgfoundation.co.uk/or T: 0131 226 1230 For competitions outwith East Lothian and U18’s visit the the SG Foundation website.
Junior Opens players with handicaps only. The junior opens are run by the host golf club and count towards handicap so are an ideal opportunity for juniors to work on getting their handicaps down. To book in contact the host club directly or get more details online at http://eastlothianjuniorgolf.org.uk/