Holywood teenager Tom McKibbin (15) has been selected to compete at this year’s Junior Open on the Eden Course at St Andrews from 16-18 July. Founded in 1994, the Junior Open is staged every two years.
All nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their leading boy and girl golfers under the age of 16 for this biennial event which is played over three rounds of stroke play.
There is both a scratch and handicap element to the event. All competitors will play 36 holes with the leading 80 and ties (gross) qualifying to play the third round.
The Island’s Kevin LeBlanc won the Junior Open at West Lancashire in 2014 and Limerick’s Cian McNamara won at Royal Musselburgh in 2002. Oh yes, and lets not forget a certain Mr Patrick Reid won it in 2006