Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Aiden's Only Eight and Ready to Play

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Aiden's Only Eight and Ready to Play

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EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Northumberland schoolboy Aiden Layug is thought to have become the youngest player in UK history to enter a national event, with his father Philip signing him up for the launch tournament of the inaugural Tiger Cub Tour.

The series is a new Under-12 national event for boys and girls and with Aiden a shade over four feet and four stone, Philip does not expect his son to progress past the Northern Group Qualifier at County Durham club South Moor in the summer. A customer service adviser with Tyne and Wear Metro, Philip, who lives in the village of Stakeford, said: "Aiden will be nine by the time of the tournament, but I don't think he is strong enough and long enough yet to stand a chance of winning, although he is very accurate and has a lot of ability.

"The experience of competing in the qualifier and seeing how an event like this works will stand him in good stead for the future.

"More importantly, I know he will love every minute of it and at his age golf is all about enjoyment."

Aiden, a pupil at Goose Hill First School in Morpeth, is an early entry representing Longhirst Hall in the 36-hole qualifier at South Moor on June 4-5 along with the home club's Will Scarr and Morpeth's Alex Donaghy.

The man behind the new series, Roy Case, a former England Golf president, said: "Nobody keeps records of this, but I have been involved with the England Boys Under-16 Open since it started in 1982 and I have never heard of anybody as young entering any national tournament anywhere in Britain.

"Good luck to Aiden. All the best coaches give golfers that age little bits of basic advice here and there and concentrate much more on seeing they get as much fun as they can out of golf."

Said the Longhirst golf manager Graham Chambers: "It's amazing watching Aiden play because he is as straight as a dye with every shot. …

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