Daniel Hopp

Dear players,

Dear golf friends,

 

Welcome to the 17th German Boys and Girls Open at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club. In cooperation with the German Golf Association we are pleased to welcome the sporting elite of the age group 18 of boys and girls from all over Europe and beyond to our club once more.

 

Thanks to an extensive hygiene and behavioural concept–that is unfortunately necessary–we can hold this tournament despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We are very happy about this, because with all due care for safety, it is our heartfelt concern to offer young athletes sporting perspectives by means of an attractive competition. For the first time the German Boys and Girls Open will be played on extended courses, which will particularly challenge the high-class field of participants so that the best can be determined.

 

We are looking forward to a field of participants from all parts of Europe, from over 20 nations, and keep our fingers crossed for all participants–especially for the girls with regard to qualifying for the PING Junior Solheim Cup 2021.

 

May all participants have fun, make new friends and show their best golf.

 

With sporty greetings

 

Daniel Hopp

President of the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club

Claus M. Kobold

Dear players,

Dear golf friends,

 

Last year the corona pandemic thwarted the plans for large number of golf events for all of us. The German Boys & Girls were supposed to take place at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club for the 17th time, but things turned out differently. That golf is a sport in which the rules of distance and hygiene can easily be adhered to, we have all proven together. I am pleased that we can make up for the 17th edition of this prestigious tournament for the top European golf youth this year. During these times the sporting competition between the best young players in Europe is bringing some normality back for us all. Highest level competitions are important building blocks for the career of young athletes with big goals. In a year in which the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup are taking place as well as a golf tournament at the Olympic Games for the second time, enthusiasm for our sport is  steadily growing.

 

I am therefore particularly pleased that once more over 200 young people under the age of 18 from 20 nations will present themselves in St. Leon-Rot. Internationally the German Boys & Girls Open have consistently gained importance during the years due to its sporting quality and professional organisation and is an integral part of the European tournament calendar. I would like to take this opportunity to thank club president Daniel Hopp and all full-time and voluntary employees of the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club. On account of their commitment, the GBGO have developed into one of the largest and most prestigious youth golf tournaments in Europe. It is certain that these three tournament days will be a special and unforgettable experience for the participants this year–not only from a sporting point of view.

 

I wish you all a successful tournament and unforgettable sporting and personal moments at the beginning of what will hopefully be an outstanding golf year.

 

Claus M. Kobold

President of the German Golf Association