Another Milestone! Top Venue for 2017 in Sweden! The Swedish Junior Classics...
It is a
great honor and another step to promote junior golf internationally. GJG
proudly announces that the first time a GJG event will be hosted 2017 in
Sweden. Top players from around the world, will have the possibility to
participate just nearby Stockholm and encounter the exceptional course at GolfUppsala/Söderby. The
course have been host to 7 Nordea Tour events and numerous other big
tournaments. Sweden has been known worldwide for a dedicated junior program and
just recently proved again with a great number of players making their way from
QSchool onto the European Tour how successful the country is. It will be very
special to see, who will be claiming the first title in 2017 and making
history. „Fasten your seatbelts and be ready for low scoring", the Swedish Junior Classics hosted by
GolfUppsala will be played from the 3rd to the 6th of August.
Junior Classics will be a co-sanctioned tournament of the 21golfleague (age 21
& younger) and the GJG Tour (18 & younger). The goal of GJG is to give
juniors across the world the chance to compete at a challenging venues, have a
tour like logistical setup and travel to multiple cultures. So as any other
world wide event of GJG, the Swedish Junior Classics will be a U18 qualifier (
the GJG Tour category) for the Grand Final, the Greg Norman Academy Junior
At this event only winners of a GJG Tour event and top 2 nation
picks are eligible to play. Preparation starts now and let´s see who will be
earning the ticket for 2017. For more information where GJG will be hosting
events in 2017, please visit: Partners
and volunteers are the key facts, for establishing events. GJG would like to
thank the Managing Director of GolfUppsala, Mr. Jonas Ekström for all his
efforts and hosting the Swedish Junior Classics for the first time. So let´s
look behind the scenes and Mr. Ekström will share his thoughts in an interview.
Ekström, great to have you in the GJG family. Well, „Sweden and Golf", had just
sounds like a perfect fit. Please give us first of all, a quick insight why we
see so many female and male players on professional tours? What do you think isthe spirit
and culture behind it? JE: I think
that Sweden compared to many other countries was very keen to promote golf as a
family sport and gave Swedish juniors a lot of possibilities to play and
practice golf at a very low cost. This combined with a very focused effort from
the Swedish federation to promote junior golf on all levels have bee very
valuable and are now showing results.
believe giving juniors a tour like setup, will give them a great opportunity to
work and establish their game. GolfUppsala has hosted in the past years
numerous of high-class events, such as a Nordea Tour event for instance. What
will the players encounter or what is your goal with the Swedish Junior
Classics? JE: We will
try our best to give the junior players the same setup and feel as if they were
playing in a "Nordea Tour” event. This is something I think GJG have been very
successful with on the other European tournaments I have visited.
of greens, dry or receptive, that is always what players will most likely take
back home and talk about. How will be the preparations and how should be the
putter gauged? JE: If the
weather is as we are hoping we will give the players a quite long and tough
course with extremely fast greens, hopefully around 12-13 on the stimpmeter
Looking at the course, a lot of water and Parkland style is to expect. Which is
the hole or swing of holes, defining the loss or win. Where need to players to
be patient? JE: We have
some really difficult holes for example no 3 wich is a long par 4 with OB on
the left and water on the right and a raised green guarded by water and
bunkers, but we also have some good birdie opportunities with some driveable
it be a long hitter course or is some skill around the greens needed? JE: The
really long hitters can find some holes were they will hit the greens or be
very close but they still need to putt really well to score.
Ekström, in 2015 and this year you have had a chance to get a feeling what GJG
is about and travelled to some events. Why you have chosen to be part of the
family? JE: As I
mentioned earlier I thing that GJG makes a fantastic job to give young and
upcoming players a chance to test their skills on international "Tourlevel”
facilities and compare themselves against the best players from other countries.
We would like to help you to do the same here in Sweden as best as we can.
course record is to beat for girls and boys? JE: The
course record for boys is 65 (-8) from the backtees and 71 (-2) for girls from
their competitiontee One last
question, what do the players need to see when they are at GolfUppsala? Or do
they need to see a special place around the area? JE: There
is some really nice places around Uppsala and we are only one hour away from
Stockholm so there I plenty to see apart from the golf. Uppsala is the old
Vikingcapital of Sweden so we have a long history and also one of the oldest
universities in the world Once again
we would like to thank your team and all your volunteers for hosting the first
Swedish Junior Classics.
We can´t wait to see everyone in August and see some
great golf at GolfUppsala!