By Bejay Browne
CYPRUS beat Greece in the first international junior golf match held in Paphos at the weekend.
The best six young Cyprus players – as well as managers’ choices – were picked the previous Sunday at the second Junior Charity Golf Tournament ‘Our Children Matter’, at Minthis Hills.
They played a junior team from Greece – members of The Hellenic Golf Federation.
The junior competition took place on Saturday and Sunday at Secret Valley and Elea Estate.
Cyprus Golf Federation’s director of junior golf, Terry Scott said: “After two days of competition playing golf against Greece, Cyprus National Junior Team secured a narrow win. Just as important is the fantastic spirit in which the matches were played which means everybody has made new friends that could last them a lifetime.”
Scott said that although both sides were determined to win, sportsmanship and good manners prevailed and congratulating the opposition as they played a good shot was the norm. With over 650 points available across 12 matches – just 16 points separated the two teams when all the scores were added up.
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 11, while most others are around 15 or 16.
“The spirit which these 18 junior golfers played is a credit to their country, their clubs and their families. There were no cross words, bad feelings, or showing off. These young boys and girls showed us how this wonderful game should be played.”
The Cyprus team received a trophy which will be played for every year with the next match being held in Greece, Scott confirmed.
He said: “History was made today and everybody who took part can be proud that they helped make this a wonderful occasion.”
For further information contact Terry Scott on 99 382561, www.juniors.cgf.org.cy, www.facebook.com/CyprusGolfFederation