Dietmar Hopp

Dear players, dear golf fans,

 

Welcome to the 17th German Boys and Girls Open at the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot. In collaboration with the German Golf Association our club is once again pleased to extend a cordial welcome to the athletic elite of the age group 18 of boys and girls from all over Europe, and beyond.

 

Once again players from over 20 nations will compete in the sport, numerous national coaches will accompany their teams and numerous U.S. College coaches will use the event to scout for their college teams. Therefore I am very pleased that for the first time this year after the German Boys & Girls Open we have implemented a two-day “US College Golf Experience Camp” for up to 40 interested parties, which is led by ten NCAA Division I coaches.

 

As a club, we focus on continuous development of the tournament week in the following areas: an outstanding athletic field, fair but challenging playing conditions and a professional organisation. This is our promise, which we will continue to implement this year with all of our partners, to whom I would like to express my gratitude at this point.

 

I wish all players a great time in our club, sporting success and a friendly exchange with like-minded people.

 

With sporty greetings,

Dietmar Hopp

President of Golf Club St. Leon-Rot

 

Claus M. Kobold

Dear players, dear golf fans,

 

for the 17th time the European top golf youth are coming together for a weekend at the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, not only to showcase their skills and to compete in the sporting contest for the prestigious title, but also to spend a great time together in the spirit of sports and to make friends. And all of this in the year of the XXXII. Olympic Games. I would therefore like to make a comparism with the competitions taking place in Tokyo from July 24 th to August 9 th, 2020, if I may. There, too, golf athletes will compete for the medals and experience a unique atmosphere and an international flair. After 2016 in Rio de Janiero, Golf is an Olympic discipline for the second time in 2020, after being absent for 112 years. This fact alone spotlights the golf sport year 2020 and the young talents.

 

In St. Leon-Rot more than 200 young people under the age of 18 from 20 nations will present young golf at the highest level once again. The tournament has gained international importance over the years due to the sporting quality and professional organisation. I would like to thank Club President Dietmar Hopp and all full-time employees of the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot. Through their efforts the German Boys & Girls Open has developed into one of the largest and most athletically renowned youth golf tournaments in Europe. As always the three days of the tournament will be an unforgettable experience for the participants this year–and not only from a sporting point of view. Besides having success, what counts in the end is the Olympic concept: taking part is everything!

 

I wish you all a wonderful time with many unforgettable sporting and personal moments.

 

Your

Claus M. Kobold

President of the German Golf Association