1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie to attend Junior Open

Paul LawriePaul Lawrie, the Scot who lifted the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1999, will attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 Junior Open Championship to present players’ badges to each of the 128 competitors. The ceremony will take place at Lundin Golf Club tomorrow, Sunday 11 July, commencing at 6.00pm.

This year, the Championship has attracted the largest and most internationally diverse entry in the 16-year history of the event. 77 countries will be represented, with 18 nations, including Laos, Lithuania, Papua New Guinea and Uruguay, sending players for the first time.

“It is fantastic that there are so many players of so many nationalities contesting the 2010 Junior Open,” said Lawrie. “It is a wonderful opportunity for these young people to get a taste of international golf competition, and it will be an honour for me to present each of them with their competitors’ badge.”

The Championship, which counts Rory McIlroy, Paula Creamer, Sergio Garcia, will be held at Lundin Golf Club immediately prior to the 150th Anniversary Open Championship. Lundin has a fine pedigree, having played host to Local Final Qualifying for St Andrews Open Championships from 1978 to 2005.

Lundin Golf Club“It’s an excellent field, a record entry for the Championship, that will have the opportunity to play at a well-known, highly-respected venue, which is in great condition,” said Duncan Weir, The R&A’s Director of Golf Development.

“It is particularly pleasing that we are now seeing players emerge from countries with junior golf development programmes that have been supported financially by The R&A.”

All nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter one boy and one girl, under the age of 16, for the biennial event, which is played over three rounds of stroke play. 

Play will get underway at 8.00am on Monday 12 July and will conclude on Wednesday 14 July. Entry to the course is free.

Following the event, competitors will attend the 150th Anniversary Open Championship at St Andrews.

Scores and stories from the 2010 Junior Open Championship will appear on RandA.org throughout the event.