Following the success of the Junior Masters at Close House in 2017, with the final played as part of British Masters week, the event is returning across the North East and Yorkshire this season.
Hosted by Close House and attached tour professional Lee Westwood, this year’s event is being held in partnership with Lookers Motor Group and PING, with the final to be played over Close House’s Colt Course on October 29.
Junior golfers from three age categories – U12, U15 and U18 – will compete in a series of seven local qualifying open competitions with the best nett scores earning a place in the final. The qualifiers take place at: Seahouses, Middlesbrough (Jul 27), Close House (Jul 28), Worksop (Jul 30), Durham City (Aug 13), Carlisle (Aug 13) and Bradford (Aug 27).
As part of the event, Lookers has also supported a programme involving more than 20 local schools, with Close House PGA professionals delivering coaching in schools and hosting schools’ festivals on the estate.
“We’re very proud to be involved with the Junior Masters event; it speaks volumes about the reputation of Close House that generating interest at the grass roots of the sport is such a high priority and that the event has been so well supported,” said Heike O’Leary, Lookers Group marketing director.
Graham Wylie, owner of Close House, added: “The passion for golf is a big reason why the European Tour came to the North East, and we’re hoping to have a positive impact on junior golf within the region for years to come. Without the support of Lookers, the widespread initiative would not have been possible.” For more info go to www.closehouse.com/lookers-junior-masters-2018