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Youngsters shoot into festival fever

By Ali Gordon

Swinging into action on June 13 and 14, The Blackwood will once again host the Forest Feast Junior Golf Festival.

Set on the outskirts of Bangor, in the heart of the stunning Clandeboye Estate, the two-day golf festival will be supported by the Belfast Telegraph and global golf giant, Ping.

Deirdre Burns, marketing manager for title sponsor Forest Feast, said: "As a local company, we are very keen to get involved and support young sporting talent.

"The Forest Feast Junior Golfer of the Year 2014 aims to encourage youngsters from across the province to get out and enjoy the experience of taking part in a golf competition regardless of their level.

"The emphasis is all about having fun, making new friends and hopefully inspiring juniors to follow in the footsteps of our great local golf stars."

A popular event in the junior golfing calendar, the festival reaches out to youngsters of all ages and abilities, with handicap and non-handicap sections.

"Nurturing junior golf has always been an extremely important part of the ethos at The Blackwood," explains PGA Professional and Event Organiser, Debbie Hanna.

"The Blackwood is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year so we are particularly keen that our Junior Golf Festival is bigger and better than ever," she added.

At the festival's preview, 2013 winner of the 12-16 age category Scott Miller from Clandeboye Golf Club, aspiring beginner Zoe Miller from Royal Belfast and five-year-old golf-mad Harry O'Hara – who stole the show with his outstanding golf swing and infectious enthusiasm – from Newtownards gave a taster of things to come.

Shortened distances and simple scoring make this event perfect for all ages and abilities, and the introduction of the Five Hole Competition is perfect for four to six-year-olds to try out golf for the first time.

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