Herman to defend European title

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A young golfer from the Isle of Man will return to Scotland this year to defend his title at the US Kids Golf European Championship.

Herman Loubser, 13, was last year’s champion in the boys’ age 12 category after entering his first international tournament and will be aiming for a second win in the age 13 category.

Organised by the US Kids Golf Foundation, which provides opportunities for children across the world to learn and play golf, the European Championship has emerged as Europe’s premier junior competition to showcase the next generation of golfing stars.

With a remarkable handicap of three, an impressive three points lower than it was last year, Herman hopes that his dedication and training will pay off so he can lift the trophy once more. His father Johan is the junior coordinator at Mount Murray Golf Club and says that Herman showed early promise of talent after picking up a golf club at the age of five.

‘Herman practices for an hour and a half, six days a week and on three of these days he takes part in club competitions.’ said Johan.

‘He loves golf and it is his dream to one day win the US Masters. Herman has been taking part in tournaments since he was eight and he is very much looking forward to returning to this year’s US Kids Golf tournament as he is excited about playing and socialising with the friends he made at last year’s championships.’

Children between the ages of six and 18 will descend on some of Scotland’s most historic golf courses to take part in the three-day event, challenging each other for the various age group European Champion titles.

Dan Van Horn, president and founder of US Kids Golf, said: ‘We’re delighted to be going back to East Lothian once again to stage the championship. Last year’s event was a tightly-contested tournament and I expect the standard of play at this year’s event to be even better.

‘I am sure that many of these youngsters such as Herman will be go on to become at the very least competent golfers, but possibly even the Rory McIlroy’s of tomorrow.’

For more information or to enter the US Kids Golf European Championships, visit www.uskidsgolf.com

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