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Top golf kids jet in for major event

Over 500 youngsters to take part in U.S. Kids Golf European Championship which brings millions into the economy.

Kids Golf: East Lothian tournament to bring millions to the economy.
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One of the world's biggest junior golf events tees off in Scotland this week.

Over 500 children from all over the world have flown in to East Lothian to take part in the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship, which is expected to bring in millions for the Scottish economy.

The competitors – aged 6 to 18 – have arrived from as far afield as Australia, Venezuela, India, Columbia and Egypt, for the three day tournament.

Overall, the event is expected to bring around £2.72 million to the Scottish economy.

Tournament co-ordinator Alasdair Good explained why the event is such a financial boon.

He said: “Some of our young players are coming from as far afield as Australia, South America and India for the tournament, and they will each be bringing between two and four family members to Scotland with them. It’s a big trip for players to make, so it becomes a family holiday for them - and while they compete in the tournament, some of their family will go and explore the surrounding area. 

“In past years, we have found that many players and their families choose to stay in East Lothian but others will find accommodation in Edinburgh or elsewhere in the Lothians. They visited local restaurants and shops and their families explored tourist attractions across Scotland while the children were playing golf. It’s a massive direct boost for the national economy and we expect this year’s event to be just as beneficial.”

The tournament will last from Tuesday until Thursday and will take place on four courses - Gullane No. 2, Gullane No. 3, Craigielaw Golf Club and Longniddry Golf Club.

The top finishers in each category will then compete in the Van Horn Cup over Gullane No 1 – an event modelled on the Ryder Cup, where the best European players are pitted against the top non-Europe golfers.  The top five finishers in each age and gender group will automatically receive an invitation to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst Golf Club, North Carolina, in August.

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