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Champion Golfers Zach Johnson and Darren Clarke attend the Junior Open

The 2015 and 2011 Champion Golfers of the Year Zach Johnson and Darren Clarke attended the opening reception of the 2016 Junior Open at Kilmarnock (Barassie) this evening.

Johnson, who won The Open at St Andrews last year, and Clarke, who lifted the Claret Jug at Royal St George's, presented the 144 competitors with their players' badges ahead of this week's championship.

A record 80 countries are represented in the field of girl and boy golfers aged 16 and under. The Junior Open gets underway tomorrow and runs until Wednesday July 13.The competitors play two rounds of stroke play, after which the leading 80 players and ties progress to the third and final round.