A Myerscough College golf student has been selected to play in the biggest junior golf competition in the world.
17-year-old Jack McPhail is currently on a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Golf Studies programme, and has been competing for a place at the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, which is taking place at the PGA Catalunya Resort, in Barcelona, between November 19th and 24th. The tournament will be broadcast on Sky Sports.
The event, now in its 34th year, continues to attract thousands of entrants, with Jack qualifying for one of just 21 coveted places. The PGA Catalunya Resort opened in 1996 and is one of the top golf destinations in Europe, with its Stadium course is ranked number one in Spain.
Neville Koopowitz, the chief executive officer of main sponsor, Vitality, says: “We are delighted to be the title sponsor of the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship.
“This great event has helped launch the careers of some of the best British and Irish junior golfers who in turn have inspired other young people to actively engage in sport and live healthy lives.”
From 2009 to 2016, the venue was the home of the European Tour Qualifying School, so it is a fitting venue for the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, where the ultimate aim of most of the finalists will be to progress to the professional ranks.
Many former competitors have achieved just that, notably Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, plus Melissa Reid, the winner of six titles on the Ladies European Tour.
David Plana, PGA Catalunya Resort’s chief executive, said: “It is a privilege for us to host such a prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming the youngsters competing for the 2018 title on our Stadium Course.
“PGA Catalunya Resort is proud to be associated with an event with a history of introducing the next generation of stars. We wish all the players the best of luck.”
Jack has already had success while a Myerscough student, having formed part of Myerscough College’s team to win the Association of Colleges Championships at St Andrews in May, with a record performance. Jack was part of a four man team that returned an 11 under par total to record a score of 205 – a record for the AoC Open Golf Championships, to take home the Claret jug for the fifth time.
Craig Lea is the Head PGA Advanced Golf Professional at Myerscough College and said: ‘’We have a proven track record over a number of years that shows that the programme here is working.
‘’We have an increasing reputation with the right processes in place, do things right and the success we’ve had already nationally and at county level builds awareness of what we’re about as a coaching programme.
‘’Here at Myerscough it’s all about giving students the best opportunity to be the best they can be.’’
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by Dave Salmon