EUROPE’S leading girl golfers will have a trip to Ireland on their minds when they tee up in next year’s Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship, to be played at Gullane Golf Club’s No 1 course near Edinburgh from August 8-12.
The championship is the last of seven counting events in which Europe’s top girls can qualify for an automatic place in the European team to face the Americans at the 2011 Ping Junior Solheim Cup. The cup will be staged at Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, on September 20-21.
The qualification process starts at the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Sherry Golf Jerez (March 2-6), and then takes in the Irish Under-18 Girls’ Championship at Knightsbrook Hotel Spa and Golf Resort (April 9-10). This is followed by the French International Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud Golf Club (April 21-25), the European Girls’ Team Championship at Is Molas, Sardinia, Italy (July 5-9), the European Ladies’ Team Championship at GC Murhof, Austria (July 5-9) and the European Individual Championship at Noordwijkse, The Netherlands (July 20-23). The qualification system culminates at Gullane, when the leading six players from the official points table will earn an automatic place in the European side.
The six qualifiers will be joined by a further six captain’s picks in a European side bidding to wrest the trophy back from a US side which won the last match at Aurora Golf Club, Illinois, in 2009 to take a slender 3-2 lead in the series.
All 12 members of the European team must be 12-18-years-old and must not have reached their 18th birthday prior to January 1, 2011. Participants must be amateurs and not be members of a competitive collegiate golf programme. They must also be European citizens.
The PING Junior Solheim Cup always takes place immediately ahead of The Solheim Cup, next year due to be played at Killeen Castle from September 23-25, 2011.