By Bejay Browne
JUNIOR golfers from Cyprus will compete in the first international junior golf match to be held in Paphos at the weekend in a match against Greece.
A team of eight players – six boys and two girls – from Greece will visit the island to play a Cyprus team.
The best six young Cyprus players – as well as managers’ choices – were picked on Sunday at the second Junior Charity Golf Tournament ‘Our Children Matter’, at Minthis Hills.
The proceeds of Sunday’s event will go to PASYKAF’s programme of the same name which aims to educate children about cancer prevention.
The forthcoming junior competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Secret Valley and Elea Estate.
“We have an equal chance with the team from Greece, and if Cyprus wins it will create an immense sense of pride,” Cyprus Golf Federation’s director of junior golf, Terry Scott said.
Scott has been working with juniors in Cyprus for the last decade. “The kids are going from strength to strength. Twenty of the juniors are heading towards single figure handicaps,” he said.
Vast improvements have been made by junior players over the last two years and they are now the best that Cyprus has ever had, Scott said. The youngest player is just eleven while most others are around 15 or 16.
“We have some great players and one has a golf handicap of 4.5 – they are now starting to win adult competitions. They are not just catching up with the adults but are making moves on the winning places, it’s terrific.”
Scott said he first became interested in bringing the sport to junior players as it promotes good behaviour and is character building.
“There’s no shouting from the touchline and it teaches good manners, self discipline and honesty. It’s a very beneficial sport for kids to take up.”
The upcoming competition was originally due to take a Ryder Cup format, but due to a change in flight times of the Greek team, 18 holes will be played on Saturday and 9 holes on Sunday.
“The winning team will receive a trophy which we hope will be played for every year with the next match being held in Greece,” Scott said.
For further information contact Terry Scott on 99 382561, www.juniors.cgf.org.cy, www.facebook.com/CyprusGolfFederation