The St. Leon-Rot Golf Club is proud to be hosting the sixth German Boys and Girls Open in succession in 2009. The fact that this prestigious junior event is once again being held here is only possible thanks to the long-standing commitment of our partners, the German Golf Association (DGV), the title sponsor, Capri-Sonne, and the main sponsor, Allianz.
Over the past few years the German Boys and Girls Open has been gaining more and more significance. In 2008 Italy hosted the very first qualification tournament to be held outside Germany with the aim of attracting even more international top players to St. Leon-Rot. And we will be continuing to pursue our goal of enhancing the international appeal of the tournament in 2009. So this year there will be four international preliminary rounds for the German Boys and Girls Open for the first time. In parallel, qualification events will also continue in Germany as usual.
This spring there will be rounds at the Munich Eichenried Golf Club, the Hofgut Scheibenhardt Golf Club in Karlsruhe, the Am Alten Fliess Golf Club in Cologne and, for the first time, the Seddiner See Golf and Country Club in Berlin. Full details of the qualification tournaments can be found on the German Boys and Girls Open website at www.gb-go.de. The fact that there will be four preliminary rounds this year not only means that the sixth German Boys and Girls Open will have more international players than ever before, but that the already high standard of the tournament will improve even further.
A total of 150 competitors (100 boys and 50 girls) will be teeing off on three tournament days to compete for the much-coveted title. The St. Leon-Rot Golf Club’s highly experienced team of greenkeepers will once again ensure that the conditions on the golf course are of the highest professional standard. But professional conditions will also be in evidence away from the fairways and greens.
As in previous years there will once again be live scoring every day throughout the tournament, which can be followed on the tournament’s website, www.gb-go.de, or on Germany's leading golf portal, www.golf.de. In addition, the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club will once again be holding its Open Day on the final day of the tournament, which always attracts hundreds of golf fans from near and far. Spectators will be lining the fairways and packing the big grandstand at the 18th hole – just like during a European Tour pro event. One of the off-course attractions that has become a permanent fixture during the German Boys and Girls Open and is extremely popular with all the players is the Players Night, which takes place on the evening before the first day of the tournament.
Besides the delicious food and a grand tombola with exciting prizes, it is also an opportunity to introduce the organisers from the German Golf Association and the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club and of course the sponsors’ representatives, and a chance for players to find out any last-minute information they may need. All in all, an excellent prelude to this extraordinary tournament.