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Toby Briggs of Dunston Hall Golf Club has taken the lead on day one of the 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Golf Tournament at Nizels Golf & Country Club, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Briggs, carded an opening round of four under par, 68, to lead by one shot from a group of 14 players on three under par.

Among those on -3 include Morten Toft of Senmark, Thomas Williams of Wrexham Golf Club, Murray Naysmith and Robert MacIntyre from Scotland, Bobby Twiner from The London Club, Jack Davidson of Llanwern Golf Club, and Jacob Tinsley from East Devon Golf Club.

The highly rated Ben Kinsley of St Andrews carded a two under par score of 70, the same mark as compatriot Calum Fyfe of Cawder Golf Club.

The Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters is one of the most prestigious Under-18 golf championships in the world, attracting top golfers from around the globe.

Golf selectors from many countries, including US Colleges, and from the R&A, come to this junior golf tournament each season looking for promising young players.

It is an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) tournament, used for Great Britain & Ireland team selection, a European Golf Ranking tournament, and a founder event in the English Golf Union Boys Golf Order of Merit.

The 72 hole main tournament is played off scratch over three days, 18 holes on both the Friday and Saturday with the competitors playing in 3 balls. With the cut after the first 36 holes, the remaining field (top 33 boys, plus ties and the top 10 girls, plus ties) play a further 36 holes on Sunday with the Boys Champion receiving the Junior Masters Trophy and Jacket and the Champion girls receiving the Champion’s Belt and a trophy.

The Junior Masters aims to replicate every aspect of a Professional European Tour event with corporate hospitality, electronic leaderboards, TV coverage, full stewarding and much more.

The Nations Trophy is played for over the first two rounds of the tournament. Three players per team (up to 2 teams) are nominated from each participating country with the best two scores counting in each team.

Teams from Denmark, England, Finland, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales have taken part.

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

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