Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

South Moor's Good Case for Keeping Junior Event

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

South Moor's Good Case for Keeping Junior Event

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Byline: Tim Taylor

APOTENTIAL national trend in the development of teenage golfers conceived in the Midlands and launched in the North East has made a flying start.

It was announced yesterday the two-year-old North of England Under-14 Open is returning to County Durham club South Moor next year ... and for ever more if a former president of England Golf Roy Case has his way.

The tournament includes a separate section for under-12s and handicap competitions for the whole field.

The boys and girls go round the course playing golf together and, although there are separate prizes and different pars, if a girl should ever sign for a gross 54-hole total better than that of the leading boy then she will be crowned the North of England champion.

Case, who organises the tournament, is a former chairman of the international junior selectors.

Between 1994 and 2007, he steered the England team to two world titles plus victories in four European championships and eight home internationals.

He is now lead partner in Golf Concepts LP, a Nottinghamshire business which specialises in managing golf tournaments. So it was the voice of worldwide experience speaking when Case said: "This tournament will be held at South Moor in perpetuity. It is theirs to put on for as long as they want it.

"You could not possibly ask for any more than the way Guy Carr, one of their committee men, and his enormous band of willing and inordinately helpful volunteers have gone about making this tournament the success it has been in its first two years of existence."

Sponsored by a council body, Stanley Area Action Partnership, the event was founded by Case who also created the England Boys Under-16 Open, the McGregor Trophy.

That was 33 years ago and the list of McGregor winners who have gone on to greater things includes 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and European Tour winners Edoardo Molinari and Graeme Storm. …

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