Inaugurated in 1994 the Junior Open came under The R&A’s administrative control in 2000. All national golf organizations are invited to send one boy and/or one girl, under the age of 16 to compete in the 54 hole event.
All players will play 36 holes stroke play after which the players with the best 80 gross scores and ties will play the final round. Players will be grouped in world regions and handicap prizes will be awarded to winners of the different regions.
In recent years entries have been attracted from over 60 nations and the experience for juniors includes not only the golf tournament but an opportunity for competitors to meet their counterparts from many different golfing nations. Traditionally the Junior Open is played in the same week in July as The Open and at a nearby course. All competitors are invited to attend The Open after the conclusion of their own event.