Duke of York Young Champions Trophy

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Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
Duke of York Young Champions Trophy Logo.jpg
Tournament information
LocationUnited Kingdom
Course(s)Links Courses
FormatStroke play
Month playedSeptember
Final year2019
Final champion
England Conor Gaugh

The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy was an international golf tournament for boys and girls who were either the current holders of their under-18 National Championship or had won another major golfing event in the preceding twelve months. First played in 2001, the event was supported by The R&A and their affiliated national governing bodies and counts towards the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the American Junior Golf Association's performance based entry system. It had a 54-hole stroke play format.


The event was created by The Duke of York and John Simpson. This highly rated invitational event, supported by The R&A, and aims to promote the development of junior golf, encourage competitiveness and friendship between individual champions whilst also offering a unique opportunity for boys and girls to compete for the same Trophy on a top quality UK links course. The standard of competition continues to be incredibly high with the average handicap for last year's event being an impressive +1.5.

The tournament has grown from having just 11 competitors from six countries in 2001, to a field of 55 champions from 32 countries in 2013. The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is organised in many ways like a professional tournament in order to give the potential stars of the future a chance to experience what life as a golf professional might involve; hence the inclusion of sponsors and official functions, including the Official Dinner hosted by the Duke of York, as well as an educational talk. Past players include Rory McIlroy, Anna Nordqvist, Matteo Manassero and Tom Lewis.

The tournament was wound up in 2020 when the Prince Andrew Charitable Trust ceased operations following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Academic and golf scholarships[edit]

The Duke of York Sports Foundation is a registered charity established in 2004 to promote amateur sports. Academic and golf scholarships have been awarded since September 2007 to provide under 18 boys and girls with the opportunity to receive a high standard of education whilst at the same time focusing on their golf and offer an alternative to studying and training in the USA.

Wellington College in Berkshire was chosen as the school that met all the criteria required to support both aspects of the scholarship. As one of the best co-educational independent private schools in Britain, it offers the International Baccalaureate, a good standard 9-hole golf course and practice facilities on site. It is also located near many excellent courses (including Wentworth and Sunningdale), coaches and major airports.

Candidates must meet Wellington College's academic standard, demonstrate a high level of golfing ability with clear signs of potential and are selected on a case-by-case basis. To date, the Foundation has awarded five academic and golf scholarships. All the scholars are aged between 14 and 17, with handicaps ranging from three to plus-two. The Foundation's aim is to award eight to ten scholarships to individuals by 2011.


Year Venue Champion Winning
Runner(s)-up Leading boy/girl Number of
2001[1] Royal Liverpool England Michael Nester 210 (−6) 7 strokes Russia Grigory Bondarenko Scotland Clare Queen 11 6
2002[2] Royal Liverpool Spain Carlos del Moral 219 (+3) 5 strokes Republic of Ireland Cian MacNamara Spain Azahara Muñoz 26 13
2003[3] Castletown Sweden Rikard Karlberg 219 (+3) 6 strokes Spain Pablo Martín Belgium Justine Barbier 31 16
2004[4] Kingsbarns Wales Zac Gould 212 (−4) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Rory McIlroy Sweden Anna Nordqvist 36 20
2005[5] Castletown England Oliver Fisher 212 (−4) 1 stroke Italy Andrea Pavan Sweden Anna Nordqvist 39 20
2006[6] Dundonald England Sam Hutsby 216 (E) 2 strokes Switzerland Marc Dobias
Sweden Robin Wingårdh
Scotland Carly Booth 42 22
2007[7] Dundonald Italy Claudio Vigano 220 (+4) 2 strokes Italy Giulia Molinaro
France Isabelle Boineau
Denmark Joachim B. Hansen
Italy Giulia Molinaro 49 28
2008[8] Dundonald England Stiggy Hodgson 212 (−4) 11 strokes France Arnaud Abbas Netherlands Marieke Nivard 51 28
2009[9] Dundonald Thailand Moriya Jutanugarn 218 (+2) 1 stroke Israel Laetitia Beck Canada Richard Jung 57 34
2010[10] Royal St George's Iceland Guðmundur Kristjánsson 218 (+5) 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Dermot McElroy Republic of Ireland Leona Maguire 57 32
2011[11] Royal Liverpool England Harry Casey 226 (+13) Playoff Spain Harang Lee Spain Harang Lee 57 31
2012[12] Royal Troon Iceland Ragnar Garðarsson 225 (+12) Playoff England Max Orrin
Slovenia Katja Pogačar
Slovenia Katja Pogačar 53 31
2013 Royal St George's Italy Guido Migliozzi 215 (+2) 1 stroke England Jack Singh Brar United States Nicole Morales 55 32
2014 Royal Aberdeen Iceland Gisli Sveinbergsson 137 (−5)* 4 strokes Japan Ren Okazaki Italy Carlotta Ricolfi 57 30
2015 Prince's Finland Oliver Lindell 207 (−9) 1 stroke Sweden Felix Pålson Italy Carlotta Ricolfi 56 29
2016 Royal Birkdale Canada Chloe Currie 214 (−2) 1 stroke Norway Markus Braadlie Norway Markus Braadlie 49 28
2017 Royal Liverpool England Ben Jones 218 (+2) 8 strokes Sweden Oscar Teiffel
Denmark Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen
Japan Keita Nakajima
Norway Franziska Sliper 54 30
2018 Castle Stuart Canada Christopher Vandette 226 (+10) Playoff Republic of Ireland Joseph Byrne South Korea Heejong Lim 54 30
2019 Royal Portrush England Conor Gaugh 222 (+6) 6 strokes England Callum Macfie South Korea Ina Yoon 62 37

* Due to fog and poor visibility, the 2014 competition was reduced to 36 holes.


The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy used to be held at links courses across the UK. Dundonald Links and Royal Liverpool played host to the tournament four times.

Participating countries[edit]

As of 2014, 50 countries have participated in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.

Countries that have participated in the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
  Country has won the Trophy
  Country has participated in the Trophy
  Country has not entered the Trophy

Notable past players[edit]


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