26th August
Junior Championship 2015

Winner:
Champion: Joseph Amer

Warrington: Europe’s largest golf retailer, American Golf, is delighted to announce 15 year old Joseph Amer as its second National Junior Champion. Joseph fended off competition from the UK and Ireland’s best young golfers to win at The Final, which took place at PING’s Headquarters at the Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire.

More than 400 young golfers took part in six American Golf Junior Championship qualifying events held across the UK and Ireland this summer. All proceeds from the event have been donated to the Golf Foundation, American Golf’s official charity.

Joseph, who qualified at an event held at Broome Manor Golf Club, was one of just 36 golfers to make it through to the Final. Playing off 14, Joseph came home three ahead of his closest rival with an impressive 40 points. As well as the title and trophy, Joseph also won a G30 Driver and Cadence putter courtesy of event sponsor PING. He commented, "To win the American Golf Junior Championship is beyond pleasing, because I haven’t played in a tournament like it before. I hope I can play in more tournaments like this in the future as it provided such a great experience. I’d also like to congratulate the other players and wish them luck in the future."

Eva Kenny from Swords was the leading girl on the day and was crowned American Golf Girl’s Junior Champion. 13 year old Eva, who qualified at an event held at her home club of Roganstown and plays off 33, scored 35 points to take the Girl’s title.

The PING Star of the Future award went to 8 year old Stanley Lin for a second time. Stanley, whose home club is Telford Golf Club, plays off 45 and came home with a staggering 45 points! However it was his love of golf, his positive attitude and sportsmanship that won high praise from all concerned. Stanley commented, “I am really happy about winning the Star of the Future prize. The day was full of surprises! It was fun and I think the competition will help me enjoy playing more golf.”

The response to the American Golf Junior Championship from youngsters and parents alike has proven the importance of such initiatives as Daniel Gathercole, Head of Marketing at American Golf, explains, “This is the second year we have run the Junior event and I am delighted to say that the group of young golfers we have welcomed here at Gainsborough has impressed us yet again. The standard of golf is fantastic, but what really inspires us is the attitude and sportsmanship of every single participant. The feedback from the players and their parents is incredible and we are really proud to be able to give Junior golfers a real tournament experience.”

Commenting on the winners he continued, “Stanley epitomises everything that is great about our sport and both Eva and Joseph played exceptionally well under pressure to win the Boys’ and Girls’ titles. We look forward to welcoming them back to defend their titles in 2016.”

The American Golf Junior Championship is just one of several initiatives that the company has introduced in the last twelve months to get more people golfing. The inaugural American Golf Nine Hole Championship is currently underway, with the Final taking place at the Belfry in October and the winners of the American Golf Longest Drive Championship are all set to take their places at the World Long Drive Championships in Dallas Texas later this year.