Anastazja Piechula and Antonina Łęcka appear in inaugural Girls’ U16 Open Championship
The three-day tournament (27-29 April) is taking place under the auspices of The R&A. It is hosted by an English golf course, Fulford GC.
90 junior girls representing 11 countries are taking part in the tournament. Two golfers are playing in white and red colours: Anastazja Piechula (Sobienie Królewskie G&CC) and Antonina Łęcka (Kalinowe Pola GC).
The Girls’ U16 Open Championship is part of The R&A’s programme that aims at popularizing golf among young girls, as well as it is a chance for junior girls to pave the way to competing at a higher amateur level.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development, The R&A, said before the tournament: “We can’t wait to begin this championship which is compelling evidence for the development of this discipline among women not only in Great Britain, but also across Europe.”
“This tournament is a key element of The R&A’s strategy to develop women’s golf. At the same time, we are trying to encourage more women and girls to try their hand at golf and continue to develop their career as a golfer,” added Weir.
The first edition of Girls’ U16 championship attracted many competitors. The youngest one, Rosie Bee Kim from England, is 10 years old. The lowest HCP (+3.5) belongs to a 16-year-old golfer from Switzerland, Eleny Moosmann.
Fulford golf course, which organizes The R&A’s event for the first time in its history, is famous for its prestigious reputation as a champions sports facility. This is where the first edition of the Women’s British Open (1976) was held, as well as tournaments of the European Tour. Fulford will also host the Junior Girls’ U16 Championship in 2019 and 2020.
Photo Mike O’Brien