International squad claims first Van Horn Cup

International team wins

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Facing a 4-3 deficit with three matches remaining, the International Team claimed the final three points and won the Van Horn Cup for the first time Friday at Gullane No. 1. The 6-4 defeat was the Western Europeans’ first loss in the Cup’s six-year history.

Van Horn Cup teams were comprised of the top two Western European and top two International players from each age group (Boys 10 and older and Girls 11 and older) at the 2013 European Championship. There were 10 games of stroke-play four-ball, and each game was worth one point.

Low score award

Dominic Clemons and Conor Gough shot 63 and received the Garth and Gill Morrison Medal, an award honoring the late Sir Garth Morrison, who was Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian from 2001 until he died on May 24, 2013.

The Boys 10 pair of Dominic Clemons (United Kingdom) and Conor Gough (Ireland) gave the Western Europeans a strong start, as they carded the day’s best score – a 9-under-par 63. For their efforts, Clemons and Gough received the Garth and Gill Morrison Medal, an award honoring the late Sir Garth Morrison, who was Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian from 2001 until he died on May 24, 2013.

On the day, three of the 10 matches were decided by a single stroke. Western Europe came out on the winning side in the first two of those matches, and Aadam Syed and Barclay Brown’s 67-68 win in Boys 12 gave Western Europe a 3-2 lead at the midway point.

However, it was a comeback victory by the International’s Daniel List (Australia) and Bruce Davis Smith (United States) that helped sway the momentum. Birdies on the final two holes turned a one-stroke deficit into a one-stroke victory, and their 66-67 win in Boys 14 knotted the score at 4 with two matches to play.

All four of the International’s girls teams recorded scores in the 60s, and it was capped by a point-winning 68 by Victoria Chandra (Indonesia) and Yin May Myo (Myanmar) in the Girls 15-18 game.

With the score 5-4 in favor of the International Team, the win was sealed when the anchor tandem of Daniel Palmquist (Sweden) and Roberto Jose Rojas (Costa Rica) posted four back-nine birdies in their Cup-clinching round of 71.

The 2014 European Championship is scheduled for May 27-29; practice rounds will be played May 26, and the Van Horn Cup is scheduled for May 30. Congratulations to all the competitors and we look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event!

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

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Ten of the 16 age divisions from the European Championship will be represented Friday during the sixth playing of the Van Horn Cup. Of the 10 champions, eight will participate in the team best ball (stroke play) event. The International squad boasts three champions, while the Western Europeans have five champions on its 20-player team.

In all, 40 players from 19 countries will compete at Gullane No. 1, which will host Local Final Qualifying for the 2013 Open Championship on July 2. Tee times run from 9:30 – 11 a.m. off the No. 1 tee.

*Indicates champion at the 2013 European Championship.

International
Countries (12): Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United States.
Kristjan Vojteh Burkelca – Slovenia (Boys 10)
Frantisek Jan Pavek – Czech Republic (Boys 10)
*Rina Tatematsu – Thailand (Girls 11)
Phoebe Beber-Frankel – United States (Girls 11)
Dylan Fritz – United States (Boys 11)
Joseph Pagdin – United States (Boys 11)
*Kaiyuree Moodley – South Africa (Girls 12)
Georgia Oboh – Nigeria (Girls 12)
Norman Seton – South Africa (Boys 12)
Morgan Tournemire – United States (Boys 12)
Sitizulaikhaa Shaari – Malaysia (Girls 13-14)
Megan Rosslee – South Africa (Girls 13-14)
Joshua Armstrong – Australia (Boys 13)
Samuel Taylor – United States (Boys 13)
*Daniel List – Australia (Boys 14)
Bruce Davis Smith – United States (Boys 14)
Victoria Chandra – Indonesia (Girls 15-18)
Yin May Myo – Myanmar (Girls 15-18)
Daniel Palmquist – Sweden (Boys 15-18)
Roberto Jose Rojas – Costa Rica (Boys 15-18)

Western Europe
Countries (7): Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom.
*Conor Gough – Ireland (Boys 10)
Dominic Clemons – United Kingdom (Boys 10)
Fay Hendry – United Kingdom (Girls 11)
Euphemie Rhodes – Spain (Girls 11)
*Rasmus Bofill – Denmark (Boys 11)
Robintiger Williams – United Kingdom (Boys 11)
Annabel Wilson – United Kingdom (Girls 12)
Fenja Rengstore – Germany (Girls 12)
*Aadam Syed – United Kingdom (Boys 12)
Barclay Brown – United Kingdom (Boys 12)
Shannon Stevie McWilliam – United Kingdom (Girls 13-14)
Louise Caldon – France (Girls 13-14)
*Frederik Sejr – Denmark (Boys 13)
Luke Harries – United Kingdom (Boys 13)
Brodie Good – United Kingdom (Boys 14)
John Gough – United Kingdom (Boys 14)
*Aimee Wilson – United Kingdom (Girls 15-18)
Emily Aird – United Kingdom (Girls 15-18)
Jim De Heij – Netherlands (Boys 15-18)
Thomas Forster – United Kingdom (Boys 15-18)

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
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Final-round notes: 2013 European Championship

The sixth annual European Championship has drawn to a close, and 16 champions have been crowned. The victors hail from eight countries (Australia – 1, Denmark – 2, Iceland – 1, Singapore – 1, South Africa – 3, Thailand – 1, United Kingdom – 5, United States – 2), and the United Kingdom widens its lead as the all-time winningest country in this competition (36 total victories). More notes from this year’s championship:

  • With his win in the Boys 15-18, Gisli Sveinbergsson will bring a European Championship trophy back to Iceland for the first time in the event’s six-year history. Since 2008, winners have hailed from 22 countries.
  • Two more countries claimed just their second champions at this event. Singapore’s Yoko Tai won the Girls 9, while Australia’s Daniel List won Boys 14.
  • Four players claimed victory after winning their age division at the 2012 European Championship: Allan Kournikova, United States (Florida) – Boys 8; Aadam Syed, United Kingdom – Boys 12; Yoko Tai, Singapore – Girls 9; and Rina Tatematsu, Thailand – Girls 11. All four players secured the wins as the second-round leaders.

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Boys 7 & Under (Longniddry)
Sihan Sandhu (United States) birdied his final three holes en route to a final-round 33 and a one-stroke victory. His 3-under-par total (37-35-33–105) edged Jonathan Pollack (United States), who closed with back-to-back rounds of 33. Reinhardt Uys (South Africa) birdied his final two holes Thursday and finished third at 1-under-par.

Boys 8 (Longniddry)
Allan Kournikova (United States) finished birdie-eagle to complete his third straight win at the European Championships (2011 and 2012, Boys 7 & Under). He posted three rounds under-par (35-32-34–101) and his 7-under-par total was four strokes better than Rafe Cochran (United States), who carded a 3-under-par 33 on Thursday. Valdemar Hunderbøll (United Kingdom) finished third at 4-over-par.

Boys 9 (Gullane No. 3)
Casey Jarvis (South Africa) tallied four birdies and an eagle during his final-round 73, which helped him earn his spot into the winner’s circle with a 4-over-par total (77-70-73–220). Ian Fritz (United States) and Yurav Premlall (South Africa) tied for second at 7-over-par.

Boys 10 (Craigielaw)
A pair of birdies highlighted a steady final-round 72 by Conor Gough (United Kingdom), which helped him post the winning score of 3-under-par (74-67-72–213). He won by six strokes over Dominic Clemons (United States), who finished second after a final-round 69. Max Hopkins (United Kingdom) and Filip Raza (Czech Republic) finished third at 4-over-par.

Boys 11 (Craigielaw)
Starting with a slim one-stroke cushion, second-round leader Rasmus Bofill (Denmark) stormed out of the gate with an eagle and a birdie, which kept him in the lead for good. A final-round 72 was enough to secure a 2-under-par total (72-70-72–214) and a three-stroke victory over Dylan Fritz (United States) and Robintiger Williams (United Kingdom).

Boys 12 (Gullane No. 2)
Aadam Syed (United Kingdom) recorded three rounds under-par and secured his second straight European Championship with a tournament total of 8-under-par (71-68-69–208). He followed up his nine-stroke victory last year with a three-stroke victory in 2013, and in six rounds he has compiled a 70.7 scoring average. Barclay Brown (United Kingdom) also carded three rounds under-par and finished second at 5-under-par, while a final-round 68 helped move Normal Seton (South Africa) finish third.

Boys 13 (Gullane No. 2)
Five final-round birdies and an even-par back nine helped Frederik Sejr (Denmark) secure the victory with a tournament total of 3-under-par (75-68-70–213). Adrien Montarant (France) birdied the closing hole but fell one stroke off the pace, while Joshua Armstrong (Australia) and Anguerrand Voisin (France) finished third at even-par.

Boys 14 (Luffness New)
Facing a three-stroke deficit at the start of the day, Daniel List (Australia) tallied one birdie and two eagles (Nos. 2 and 14) en route to a final-round 69 and a victory with a tournament total of 3-under-par (74-70-69–213). Four players tied for second at 1-under-par: Alfredo Curbishley (United Kingdom), Brodie Good (United Kingdom), John Gough (United Kingdom) and Jack Hearn (Ireland).

Boys 15-18 (Luffness New)
Gisli Sveinbergsson finished at 5-over-par (74-73-74–221) and became the first Icelander to claim victory at the European Championship. He played the final seven holes in 1-under-par, which was enough to defeat Jim De Heij (Netherlands) and Daniel Palmquist (Sweden) by two strokes.

Girls 8 & Under (Longniddry)
Kiera Floyd (South Africa) built a four-stroke lead through two days and was able to hang on to the victory, finishing at 8-over-par (39-33-44–116) and one stroke ahead of Rachel Gourley (United Kingdom). Chloe Brown (United Kingdom) and Bailey Shoemaker (United States) finished third at 11-over-par.

Girls 9 (Longniddry)
Three final-round birdies helped Yoko Tai (Singapore) claim her second straight victory at the European Championship (2012, Girls 8). Her 1-over-par total (34-39-36–109) was six strokes ahead of Pia Babnik (Slovenia) and Ashley Stevenson (France).

Girls 10 (Gullane No. 3)
Ffion Tynan (United Kingdom) tallied four birdies and an eagle on the front nine Thursday, which helped her card a 3-under-par 69, the best round of the tournament. Her 7-over-par total (81-73-69–223) was six strokes ahead of Elisabeth Krenovska (Czech Republic), while Vasundhara Thiara (India) finished third at 14-over-par.

Girls 11 (Gullane No. 3)
A final-round 67 was icing on the cake for Rina Tatematsu (Thailand), who posted three consecutive rounds under-par en route to an 8-under-par total (71-70-67–208) and her second straight win at the European Championships (2012, Girls 10). On the week, Tatematsu tallied 16 birdies and an eagle. Euphemie Rhodes (Spain) and Fay Hendry (United Kingdom) tied for second at 15-over-par.

Girls 12 (Gullane No. 3)
A par on the closing hole secured a one-stroke victory for Kaiyuree Moodley (South Africa). Moodley carded a 13-over-par total (75-74-80–229), while tied for second were Tina Mazarino (Norway) and Annabel Wilson (United Kingdom), who charged up the leaderboard with a final-round 72.

Girls 13-14 (Gullane No. 3)
Emily Price (United Kingdom) capped a six-stroke victory with a final-round 74, giving her a tournament total of 1-under-par (71-70-74–215). Sitizulaikhaa Shaari (Malaysia) finished second at 5-over-par, while Shannon Stevie McWilliam (United Kingdom), Megan Rosslee (South Africa) and Emma Spitz (Austria) finished third at 6-over-par.

Girls 15-18 (Luffness New)
Aimee Wilson (United Kingdom) parred her final three holes and held on to a two-stroke victory with a tournament total of 8-over-par (75-71-78–224). Victoria Chandra (Indonesia) charged up the leaderboard with a back-nine 34, but she had to settle for a runner-up showing with a 10-over-par total. Yin May Myo (Myanmar) finished third at 13-over-par.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
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Final-round preview: 2013 European Championship

By the end of Thursday’s final round, 16 champions will be crowned and the Van Horn Cup squads will be determined. Here’s a detailed look at what else is on the line during the final round of the 2013 European Championship.

  • Familiar Territory: Four winners from last year’s European Championship will begin the final round with the lead.
    • Allan Kournikova, United States (Florida) – Boys 8
    • Aadam Syed, United Kingdom – Boys 12
    • Yoko Tai, Singapore – Girls 9
    • Rina Tatematsu, Thailand – Girls 11
  • New Territory: Since the championship began in 2008, players from 21 countries have claimed victory in their respective age division. This list could grow by day’s end, as Sweden’s Gustaf Browall (Boys 14) and Iceland’s Gisli Sveinbergsson (Boys 15-18) have 36-hole leads and look to claim their nations’ first European Championship. Five countries are also in contention for their first titles: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria and Norway. Yin May Myo (Myanmar) and Victoria Chandra (Indonesia) are second and third, respectively, in Girls 15-18, while Sitizulaikhaa Shaari (Malaysia) is T2 in Girls 13-14. Finally, in Girls 12, Tina Mazarino (Norway) is second and Georgia Oboh (Nigeria) is third.
  • Van Horn Cup: Following the conclusion of the European Championship, 40 players will qualify for a spot on the Van Horn Cup, which will be played at Gullane No. 1 on May 31. The top two Western European and top two International players will compete from each age group among Boys 10 and older and Girls 11 and older.There will be 10 games of stroke-play four-ball, and each game will be worth one point (in the case of a tie, each team will receive a half-point). The Western Europe squad has won each of the first five Cups.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

Second-round notes: 2013 European Championship

Wednesday’s second rounds produced some separation, as 14 of the 16 divisions feature solo leaders; Boys 13 and Boys 15-18 are the only divisions with co-leaders. The United Kingdom has five players atop leaderboards, while South Africa has four leaders and Denmark has two.

In all, 10 countries can claim a frontrunner through two days of competition: Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

And a belated congratulations goes out to Max Shirvell (United Kingdom) from Boys 9, who made a hole-in-one on Gullane No. 3’s 13th hole during the first round!

Second-round Results
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Boys 7 & Under (Longniddry)
Reinhardt Uys (South Africa) posted a bogey-free 2-under-par 34 Wednesday and took a one-stroke lead heading into Thursday’s final round. His 1-under-par total through two days is one stroke better than Americans Jay Leng Jr. (37-35–72) and Sihan Sandhu (37-35–72).

Boys 8 (Longniddry)
The three American co-leaders after round one remained atop the leaderboard, but it was Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.) who separated himself from the pack. Three birdies and an eagle helped him shoot a 4-under-par 32, which puts him at 5-under-par through two rounds. Rafe Cochran (New York City) and Jaivir Pande (Houston) both shot 37 Wednesday and are tied for second, five shots off the pace.

Boys 9 (Gullane No. 3)
Casey Jarvis (South Africa) recorded the division’s first under-par round Wednesday, and his 2-under-par 70 has given him a 3-over-par total. Jarvis leads by two strokes over Max Faulkner (United Kingdom) and Ian Fritz (United States).

Boys 10 (Craigielaw)
Through two rounds, Conor Gough (United Kingdom) has carded 11 birdies, six of which came in his second-round 67. Gough leads at 3-under-par and is five strokes ahead of Max Hopkins (United Kingdom), while three players are tied for third at 6-over-par.

Boys 11 (Craigielaw)
Rasmus Bofill (Denmark) recorded Wednesday’s only under-par round, a 2-under-par 70, and has a one-stroke lead with 18 holes to play. He is 2-under-par for the tournament and leads Quentin Debove (France) by one, while Enrique Dimayuga (United Kingdom) and Joseph Pagdin (United States) are tied for third at 1-over-par.

Boys 12 (Gullane No. 2)
The United Kingdom’s Aadam Syed and Barclay Brown shared the first-round lead, and the playing competitors combined for eight birdies and just one bogey during Wednesday’s second round. Syed nudged ahead with a bogey-free 68, giving him a 5-under-par total and a two-shot cushion over Brown. Sean Dowling (Ireland) is third at 1-over-par.

Boys 13 (Gullane No. 2)
Adrien Montarant (France) and Frederik Sejr (Denmark) share the 36-hole lead at 1-under-par, while Anguerrand Voisin (France) is only one stroke behind at even-par. All three players posted under-par rounds Wednesday, with Sejr’s 4-under-par 68 being the best of the day.

Boys 14 (Luffness New)
A trio of golfers lurk just one stroke behind leader Gustaf Browall (Sweden), who is 3-under-par after a second-round 73. Fannar Ingi Steingrimsson (Iceland) moved 13 spots up the leaderboard after carding a bogey-free 67, while Brodie Good (United Kingdom) and Jack Hearn (Ireland) are also tied for second at 2-under-par.

Boys 15-18 (Luffness New)
Jim De Heij (Netherlands) and Christian Jacobsen (Denmark) matched 18-hole scores for the second day in a row and share the second-round lead at 3-over-par. Daniel Palmquist (Sweden) is in third at 4-over-par.

Girls 8 & Under (Longniddry)
Kiera Floyd (South Africa) tallied two birdies and an eagle in her second-round 33, giving her an even-par total through two rounds and a four-shot cushion. Bailey Shoemaker (United States) is second at 36-40–76, while the United Kingdom’s Rachel Gourley (38-40–78) and Chloe Brown (37-41–78) are tied for third.

Girls 9 (Longniddry)
Yoko Tai (Singapore) stayed atop the leaderboard and leads at 1-over-par (34-39–73). She has a five-shot lead over Pia Babnik (Slovenia) and Ashley Stevenson (France).

Girls 10 (Gullane No. 3)
Ffion Tynan (United Kingdom) maintained her first-round lead after carding a second-round 73. She is 10-over-par for the tournament and is three strokes ahead of Elisabeth Krenovska (Czech Republic), while Vasundhara Thiara (India) is third at 15-over-par.

Girls 11 (Gullane No. 3)
Through two rounds, Rina Tatematsu (Thailand) is the only player to have posted a round under-par, and she has done so twice. Rounds of 71 and 70 have put her at 3-under-par, which is 10 strokes ahead of Euphemie Rhodes (Spain). Fay Hendry (United Kingdom) is third at 12-over-par.

Girls 12 (Gullane No. 3)
Kaiyuree Moodley (South Africa) carded four birdies Wednesday and moved into the lead after a second-round 74. She is 5-over-par for the tournament and has a two-stroke lead over Tina Mazarino (Norway), while Georgia Oboh (Nigeria) is third at 13-over-par.

Girls 13-14 (Gullane No. 3)
Emily Price (United Kingdom) carded her second-straight round under-par and is 3-under-par through 36 holes. She has a five-stroke lead over Sitizulaikhaa Shaari (Malaysia) and Emma Spitz (Austria).

Girls 15-18 (Luffness New)
Aimee Wilson (United Kingdom) tallied three birdies and an eagle in her second-round 71, which has moved her into the lead at 2-over-par. She is two strokes ahead of Yin May Myo (Myanmar), while Victoria Chandra (Indonesia) is third at 8-over-par.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

First-round notes: 2013 European Championship

After the first round of the 2013 European Championship, 24 players from 12 countries have at least a share of the lead in one of the 16 divisions being played at five courses. The United Kingdom sent nine players to the top of the leaderboards, while the United States is represented by five competitors. The 10 other countries that boast a leader are: Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Thailand.

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Boys 7 & Under (Longniddry)
Ethan Akpan (United Kingdom) and Jaka Babnik (Slovenia) share the first-round lead after posting rounds of 1-under-par 35. Akpan carded two birdies on the day, while Babnik made three.

Boys 8 (Longniddry)
Three Americans share the lead after carding rounds of 1-under-par 35: Rafe Cochran (New York City), Allan Kournikova (Palm Beach, Fla.) and Jaivir Pande (Houston). Cochran made four birdies, the most among the 8-year-olds, while Kournikova is aiming for his second win at the European Championship (2012, Boys 7 & Under).

Boys 9 (Gullane No. 3)
There’s a three-way tie for the lead in Boys 9, as Max Faulkner (United Kingdom), Ian Fritz (United States) and Casey Jarvis (South Africa) each recorded rounds of 5-over-par 77. They have a one-stroke lead over two players.

Boys 10 (Craigielaw)
Max Hopkins (United Kingdom) carded five birdies en route to a 1-under-par 71 and a two-shot lead. Filip Raza (Czech Republic) is second at 1-over-par, while Conor Gough (United Kingdom) and Frantisek Jan Pavek (Czech Republic) are tied for third at 2-over-par.

Boys 11 (Craigielaw)
Enrique Dimayuga (United Kingdom) posted a bogey-free 3-under-par 69 to take a two-shot lead over Quentin Debove (France). Rasmus Bofill (Denmark) and Joseph Pagdin (United States) are tied for third at even-par.

Boys 12 (Gullane No. 2)
The United Kingdom’s Barclay Brown and Aadam Syed share the lead after both players shot 1-under-par rounds of 71. Oliver Goldhill is alone in third after an opening-round 73. Syed won the Boys 11 crown at the 2012 European Championship.

Boys 13 (Gullane No. 2)
After rounds of 1-under-par 71, Joshua Armstrong (Australia) and Oliver Drew (United Kingdom) share a one-stroke lead over Jack Partridge (United Kingdom). Amstrong won the Boys 12 crown at the 2012 European Championship.

Boys 14 (Luffness New)
Five players shot rounds under-par and are within three strokes of the lead entering Wednesday’s second round. Gustaf Browall (Sweden) birdied four of his first five holes en route to a 4-under-par 68, while Jens Christian Tvergaard is two strokes behind after an opening-round 70. Three players are 1-under-par and tied for third: Dorian Claveau (France), Sean Doyle (Ireland) and Elis Lewis (United Kingdom).

Boys 15-18 (Luffness New)
Three players are tied atop the leaderboard and have a one-stroke lead over the field after 18 holes. Jim De Heij (Netherlands), Christian Jacobsen (Denmark) and Gisli Sveinbergsson (Iceland) earned a share of the lead after rounds of 2-over-par 74.

Girls 8 & Under (Longniddry)
Bailey Shoemaker (United States) birdied her final two holes, which helped her post an even-par 36. She’ll take a one-stroke lead over Chloe Brown (United Kingdom) into the second round. Rachel Gourley (United Kingdom) is third at 2-over-par.

Girls 9 (Longniddry)
Seeking her second straight win at the European Championship, Yoko Tai (Singapore) opened with five birdies en route to a 2-under-par 34. She is three strokes ahead of Pia Babnik (Slovenia), while Ariel Gonzalez (Mexico) is third after an opening-round 40.

Girls 10 (Gullane No. 3)
Ffion Tynan (United Kingdom) opened with a 9-over-par 81 and has a one-stroke lead over Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser through the first round. Millie Pratten (United Kingdom) eagled her closing hole and moved into third after a round of 84.

Girls 11 (Gullane No. 3)
Coming off her Girls 10 victory at last year’s European Championship, Rina Tatematsu (Thailand) stormed out to a seven-stroke lead thanks to an opening-round 71. Euphemie Rhodes (Spain) is second at 6-over-par, and Fay Hendry (United Kingdom) is third at 9-over-par.

Girls 12 (Gullane No. 3)
Georgia Oboh (Nigeria) recorded five birdies and leads by one after shooting a first-round 2-over-par 74. Kaiyuree Moodley (South Africa) is second at 3-over-par, and Tina Mazarino (Italy) is third at 4-over-par.

Girls 13-14 (Gullane No. 3)
Emily Price (United Kingdom) birdied two of her last three holes en route to a 1-under-par 71 and a two-shot lead. Tied for second at 1-over-par are Sitizulaikhaa Shaari (Malaysia) and Emma Spitz (Austria), who won the Girls 13 crown at the 2012 European Championship.

Girls 15-18 (Luffness New)
Yin May Myo (Myanmar) carded a 2-over-par 74 and has a one-stroke lead over Aimee Wilson (United Kingdom), while Victoria Chandra (Indonesia) is third and eight strokes off the lead.

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
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Let the games begin!

ImageAfter two subdued days on Scotland’s golf coast, the weather and 515 kids from across the globe combined for a whirlwind start to the sixth annual European Championship.

Conditions turned cold and blustery for Monday’s “training rounds” (as the locals call it), which gave competitors a true taste of the conditions that make Scotland’s courses so brilliant. Once the training was complete, families traveled a few miles down the road to Gosford House for the Opening Ceremonies.

Bagpipers greeted the families from 42 countries, and the competitors gathered for a group photo on the back steps of Gosford House. Not surprisingly, the photo was a bit difficult to capture (see above), but the excitement was palpable as cheers erupted as Gullane Head Professional Alasdair Good called out a number of nations in attendance.

A dog and herding duck display wowed the crowd (especially when the dog’s skills were pitted against five adults), and players and parents got an up-close look at a hawk, falcon and owl during the falconry show.

Monday was a good day for Scotland as its finest attributes were on display, which has perfectly set the stage for the start of the Championship on Tuesday. Good luck to all the players!

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
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