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McKibbin tees off at Junior Open in St Andrews

​​Tom McKibbin (Holywood) has been selected to play the Junior Open at St Andrews (Eden)

  • 16 July 2018

Picture: Tom McKibbin from Holywood | Golffile

Holywood teenager Tom McKibbin has been selected to compete at this year's Junior Open.

This year's tournament takes place on the Eden Course at St Andrews from 16-18 July. All nations affiliated to The R&A are invited to enter their leading boy and girl golfers under the age of 16 for this biennial event which is played over three rounds of stroke play.

Founded in 1994, the Junior Open is staged every two years. The event is closely linked to The Open and played on a nearby course. 

There is both a scratch and handicap element to the event. All competitors will play 36 holes with the leading 80 and ties (gross) qualifying to play the third round. The Island's Kevin LeBlanc won the Junior Open at West Lancashire in 2014 and Limerick's Cian McNamara won at Royal Musselburgh in 2002.