Foxhills PGA Teaching Professional, Pedro Lemos, took the opportunity to inspire some of the South East’s most promising young golfers with a recent overseas expedition to the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship at Amendoeira Golf Resort.
Lemos, who joined the Surrey venue at the start of this month, travelled to the world-class Portuguese destination with seven budding golfers, who tested their mettle across Amendoeira’s Faldo and O’Connor Jnr courses in a tournament attended by some of the finest juniors from across the continent and offering World Amateur Golf Ranking points.
A Portuguese national, Lemos is a familiar face at Amendoeira, having grown up in close proximity to the resort and having retained links with the destination since moving to England to focus on his coaching career in 2013.
So impressed he was during a first visit to the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship with two of his strongest students in 2016, he took the decision to return to the Algarve Resort for this year’s edition, this time with seven of his junior squad in tow.
Of the benefits for his young charges of competing in the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship, Lemos said: “It’s great for them to experience a tour like event at such a young age, on beautifully manicured courses and with access to top of the range practice facilities. Being able to compete with other juniors from around the world is also a big factor, but above all, the event gives the kids a chance to make new friends from other countries, that without the Oceanico World Kids Championship, they’d never have otherwise met.”
Better still, there was significant success for the Foxhills contingent in The Algarve, with several students lifting the silverware, including Sarah Mardani, who was victorious in the Under 14 Girls Category and Eleanor Lichtenhein who won the Under 9 Girls Category.
Ever-impressed by the professional delivery of the event and the unrivalled access given to all competitors at one of Europe’s most complete golf facilities, Lemos is already preparing for a return trip to Amendoeira for the 10th edition of the prestigious juniors event.
“Without doubt, we will look to bring another group of juniors to the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship at Amendoeira in 2018 and I think other PGA Professionals should come with their squads, as well,” said Lemos.
“Not only because this is an amazing tournament to play but also because the resort has brilliant facilities to work on all aspects of the game, which are perfect for training days. The week of intensive play and practice really stands the kids in good stead for the rest of the season and the years to come.”
Delighted to see PGA Professionals, such as Lemos, take advantage of Oceanico’s continued commitment to growing the game, Oceanico Group Chairman, Chris Howell, said: “We want the Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship to be the biggest and best junior event in the world and we’re already looking forward to the 10th anniversary next year, which is set to be another incredible celebration of grass roots golf.
“Organisations, such as the PGA, are paramount to ensuring that the brightest young golfing talent is given the opportunity to grow and, in working to bring professionals like Pedro here to Amendoeira, we hope to play an important role in this progression for as many youngsters as possible in the years to come.”
The final showing of highlights from the 2017 Oceanico World Kids Golf Championship will be broadcast on Sky Sports’ new, dedicated Golf channel, tomorrow, 23rd August, at 3pm.