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Telegraph begins search to discover the next Rory McIlroy

The hunt for the next Rory McIlroy continues with the firmus energy Young Golfer of the Year in association with the Belfast Telegraph at Blackwood Golf Club.

The popular competition, now in its 15th year at the Co Down club, was one of the first competitions ever entered by Rory McIlroy.

The event on Saturday, June 26 is being held on both the club’s championship Hamilton course and the par three Temple course.

That allows young players of all abilities to compete and the competition is open to players with official handicaps and beginners without.

Club professional Debbie Hanna says having both Blackwood courses available on the day works well for the competition.

“It means that we are able to host a great multi-ability junior event,” she said.

“Whether it’s your first time playing in a competition or you’re an old-hand at competing, firmus energy, Belfast Telegraph and everyone at Blackwood Golf Centre aims to make sure you have a great day out, meeting new friends, playing our beautiful parkland courses and hopefully picking up a great prize at the end of the day.”

The event is open to both boys and girls aged between five and 16 years.

“The Junior Golfer of the Year was one of the first local tournaments that Rory McIlroy took part in as a youngster,” added Debbie.

“We’re hoping that some of our up and coming new talent will be on course for similar success in a few years time.”

Speaking at the launch of the event, firmus energy’s general manager Mark Prentice explained why the company was keen to get involved with the event this year.

“Golf is a great game for youngsters to become involved in; not only is it sociable and energetic, but it’s one of the few sports that all the generations in the family can enjoy together — grandparents, parents and children of all ages,” he said.

“The firmus energy Junior Golfer of the Year is one of the only events aimed at golfing novices to experienced young golfers.

“We hope that taking part in this competition will help encourage and inspire them in their golf.”

The entry fee for the competition is £10.

Belfast Telegraph