Westwood’s waiting for national finalists

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The region’s best young talent will battle it out at Stoke-by-Nayland later this year for a chance to meet Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood.

The Leavenheath-based course will host two of the six Lee Westwood Golf Tour regional qualifiers ahead of a national finals in the north east.

Stoke-by-Nayland, which houses former world number one and Ryder Cup star Westwood’s southern academy, will host the south regional qualifers on May 28 on the Constable course and August 20 on the Gainsborough course.

It follows on from a highly successful inaugural season of the national competition, which is hoped to become a breeding ground for young golfing talent.

This year’s Players Championship is to be played on the Lee Westwood-designed Filly course at the Close House in the North East of England.

The Florida-based European Tour player has already signalled his intention of being there to meet the top golfers from across the UK.

In total, 84 of the UK’s best young golfers will play their way through six regional rounds to take their place in the national finals.

From its beginnings in November of 2012, the tour has provided 84 events across 12 tour areas in the UK.

Up-and-coming young 
golfers from all over the UK had the opportunity to play 
on a mini tour in their local area.

Seven rounds of golf decided the tour area champions and the qualifiers for the end-of-season Players Championship.

The tour provides the opportunity for junior golfers to play in a national golf tournament at a local level, with handicaps restricted to 28 for boys and 36 for girls and gives a tour like experience for many youngsters without the need for excessive travel.

Membership to tour will be either £39 for basic or £89 for membership plus. Each event will cost £25 to enter.