Former Ryder Cup player and multiple European Tour winner, David Howell, has welcomed 60 youngsters to The Grove’s inaugural Junior Open.

Howell, The Grove's first golf ambassador, was on hand to greet all of the children and took time with each of them during a putting clinic to impart some tips and advice on how to putt like a European Tour professional.

Underlining The Grove's commitment to attracting more children to take up golf, the amateur competition, sponsored by Cobra Golf and Max Golf Protein, was staged on the Kyle Phillips-designed championship golf course and was open to all juniors with an official handicap under the age of 18.

David Howell said: "I am passionate about getting children excited about golf and the fun, family-friendly environment at The Grove is ideally suited to help stimulate a young golfer's appetite for the game.

"It is great to see so many juniors taking part in this competition and enjoying the experience of playing one of England’s finest courses under tournament condition."


The Junior Open attracted a high-calibre field, with Jack Kelly coming out on top with a Gross 70 (-2) to win the scratch competition and Sam Hadley (9 handicap), claiming the handicap prize, with a nett score of 64 (-8).

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