The boys teeing up in the 2010 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal St George’s from 14-16 September will be out to reverse events of last year, when 15-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn was the first girl to capture the title.  

The Duke of York Young Champions comprises national title holders in the Under 18 age bracket from all around the world.

Thirty-three boys and 25 girls from 32 countries will be teeing up hoping to grab the trophy that will be presented by the Duke of York himself.

Callum Shinkwin will fancy his chances having already won the English Boys’ strokeplay championship. Meanwhile, Rhys Pugh from Wales, winner of the McEvoy Trophy and the captain of the GB&I side for the Jacques Leglise Trophy, will be another to watch, as will Grant Forrest, who won this year’s Under 18 Scottish Boys’ championship.

Jutanugarn and her younger sister Ariya, will be obvious threats, but they’re not the only sisters in the field as the talented Irish twins Leona and Lisa McGuire will also be teeing up at Royal St George’s.

The scene is set for an enthralling week, one in which everyone will want to see how some of the world’s leading youngsters tackle the links where the best professionals in the game will contest next year’s Open.

The event is funded by the Duke of York Sports Foundation which also awards Academic and Golf Scholarships to boys and girls between 11 and 18. It offers them an opportunity to receive a high standard of education whilst at the same time focusing on their golf and provides an alternative to studying and training in the USA.

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