The annual Fairhaven Trophies and Nations Cup, a 72-hole competition for junior golfers which gets under way on Friday, has attracted its strongest ever field.
Now in its seventh year, the 2013 competition will see the home nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, entering their top players in the Nations Cup.
They will be competing against the biggest and strongest contingent of European Nations, which includes Finland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and future Olympic hosts Brazil, who have also entered a team.
The championship, which concludes on Sunday, is the most internationally represented event for juniors in the country.
The girls’ entries are particularly strong, resulting in players with a handicap of one being balloted out.
This bodes well as Fairhaven will be playing host to the largest elite field of under 18-year-old girls in August this year at the British Girls Open Amateur Championship.
Club secretary Bob Thompson said: “The championship moves from strength to strength and we are particularly delighted to have all four home nations entering teams into the Nations Cup.
“Given the strength of the other nations also playing, this should provide for some great golf.
“Clearly, the stature of the championship in attracting teams from Europe, and Brazil’s entry is testament to the prestige of the championship in the golfing world.”
Flying the flag for the host club will be Fairhaven youngsters Georgia Coughlin and Emily Shea.
The Fairhaven competition is played at the same time as the Lytham Trophy, which is held at nearby Royal Lytham and St Annes, the biggest strokeplay competition for amateurs in the country.
n New Fairhaven Golf Club captain Chris Cullen started the season in customary style with the traditional driving-in ceremony.
He hit a high, fading shot down the first fairway, missing the dreaded rhododendron bush!
This was followed by the annual captains versus vice-captains match.
Cullen, a local pharmacist and old boy of St Joseph’s College, Blackpool, has been a member at Fairhaven since 1996.
His daughter Eleni is the junior girls’ captain this year and they are both looking forward to a busy but rewarding year representing the club.
Fairhaven lady captain is Andrea Grimshaw, who has been a member for the past 15 years.
She has represented Fairhaven in team matches, served on the ladies’ committee and was treasurer of the ladies’ section for six years.
She was introduced to golf by her husband and two sons, who are all very keen golfers.