Junior Open Championship
Founded in 1994, the Junior Open came under The R&A administrative umbrella in 2000. Staged every two years, the event is closely linked to The Open and played on a nearby course. All golfing nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their best under 16 boy and girl golfers.
Kevin Leblanc overcame tough conditions and late challenges to land the biggest win of his young career after the Ireland international was crowned 2014 Junior Open champion at West Lancashire Golf Club.
The 15-year-old became only the second Irish player to land the prestigious title after Cian McNamara at Royal Musselburgh in 2002. It was a composed performance as sporadic downpours and a constant breeze tested the mettle of all the players in the closing stages.
In the end Leblanc signed for a two-over 74 for a five-over-par total of 221, one shot ahead of Italy’s Teodoro Soldati and Diane Baillieux from Belgium, who both carded 76’s in the final round.
All nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their leading boy and girl golfers under the age of 16 for this biennial event which is played over three rounds of stroke-play. There is both a scratch and handicap element to the event. All competitors will play 36 holes with the leading 80 and ties (gross) qualifying to play the third round. Prizes in regional categories will be awarded on handicap over 36 holes.