Welcome to The Claret Junior Tour. All content on this website is the acquired property of The Claret Junior Tour. The Tour is owned and operated by Keith and Fiona McColl.

*IMPORTANT* Disclaimer: We wish to make clear that while our professional experience was predominantly gained through working in the golf industry in St. Andrews, Scotland we do NOT have any association, nor are we in any way representing any business relationship with, any other golf industry organization from, or based in St Andrews, Scotland including, but not limited to, The R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club) or St Andrews Links Trust.

Fiona and I are both thankful and personally grateful to have enjoyed a long working association with both of these organizations in our time prior to our arrival in the USA and we hold these iconic and professional golf entities in the highest regard possible. We would never wish to, or expect to, in any way benefit from any suggestion to the contrary and we hope this disclaimer makes that abundantly clear to our own clients. If you require any further clarification on this point please email me personally at keith@claretjuniortour.com

Welcome everyone to the 2022 season and a commitment and promise from Fiona and I that it is our intention to make this season our best yet!

The latest logo might be a little different to last year but we think it does a great job of reflecting the things that we do a little bit different from others and we think it captures well our own history in golf and the great game itself, first played in Scotland more than 600 years ago! 

For many we will always be THE Highlanders. That was the name of our previous junior tour which was operated as a partnership business and it originally came about as it reflects both our own personal birthplace and that of the game. Those of you who know us already will know we are fiercely proud of the fact that our ancient game began in Scotland way back in the 1400’s!  We are also proud to now call Florida and the USA “home” and we think there really is no better place to be living and working, with our junior golfers, to do our bit to help the future of our great game to thrive.

Over the last couple of years, as the original Highlander Junior Tour, we are pleased to recognize that we’ve managed to gain a bit of a reputation in junior golf for being just a little different! 

We hope, if you’ve had the chance to play in any of our major championship events, that you enjoyed the unique atmosphere created by our award-winning bagpiper who plays as each of our major championship as attending competitors complete their final hole of play. As you will see from our new logo above we have clad our bagpiper in the deep red Claret and Yellow Tartan of the ancient Stewart Clan, who originate from the Highlands of Scotland . This is Fiona’s ancient family Clan and we are pleased to recognize it in our new logo. Bagpipes and golf are an ancient and loved combination around the globe, by many, and our new branding now also reflects this fact.

While we do of course hope that you like the logo we’ve come up with, our 2022 season, is really only about ONE thing. Junior Golf, and providing you, once again, with the very best tournament opportunities at great and supportive venues. We want you to challenge yourself as a young golfer and develop into the player you would hope to be. Some of those venues will be regular existing ones from 2021 but we are always working hard to ensure we can bring you lots of new venues to play in the year ahead!

Some things will be as before. All of our single day 18-hole events will continue to attract ranking points from GJGR (Global Junior Golf Rankings) and our 36-hole events will attract ranking points from both GJGR and JGS (Junior Golf Scoreboard). There will be some changes made to our operation this year BUT rest assured though we are not planning on changing the things that work well, only improving those tournament day things that we think need improved and freshened up!

Over the last two years we’ve made some great friends and we’ve enjoyed watching some incredible junior golf with you all. We have SO many great memories and we are very, very proud of each and every young player who shows immense character and spirit to compete in what is arguably THE toughest sport of them all!

We do hope you will join us during the 2022 season and allow The Claret Junior Tour to play our part in your junior players development as each of them takes their next step on their personal golfing journey.

We are open 24/7 for player registrations. Good luck players and thank you for your support.

Keith and Fiona McColl


Our remaining events for 2022 are:

More info on each of these is below. Scroll down. Register for these tournaments by clicking on the button:

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**ONLY A FEW REMAINING PLAYER SPOTS FOR THIS TOURNAMENT- SIGN UP TODAY**

THE CLARET TOUR CHAMPION GOLFER of 2022

Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, 2022

 

In conjunction with our sponsors at Phillips Toyota of Leesburg and TCL (Tri-County Landscapes) in The Villages we are delighted to bring you our final and biggest MAJOR Championship of 2022. Once again we are excited to be playing this Junior Championship over the BEST Championship Venues of them all, The impressive Glenview Champions in The Villages, Florida.

The dates are Saturday December 10th and Sunday 11th, 2022 and we will begin play on both days from 12pm.

In 2021 it was Longwood youngster, Riley Sillaway who was presented with the coveted Claret Jug Trophy alongside the title of our Champion Golfer of 2021. Riley did it in style last year in an impressive and talented field of players by shooting the lowest score after 36 tough and challenging holes of junior tournament golf! Can he do so again or will there be another name and recipient of this very special award, and that very exclusive Claret Jug Trophy?

Once again we will play for a, unique in golf, personalized glass Claret Jug Trophy. In addition there will be FJT Exemption Certificates presented to each of our lowest scoring player flight winners in the age ranges 13-15 and 16+ and a host of great additional and valuable prizes which will be announced as we get closer to the competition date, this really is an event not to be missed!

CLARET CUP - MD

 

As well as medals, prizes and player giveaways for all entrants there are also ranking points to play for from both Junior Golf Scoreboard AND Global Junior Golf Rankings.

 

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Date: Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th at Glenview Champions in The Villages with Tee Times from 12pm on both days.

Note: A 36-Hole Major Championship Event ranked by GJGR (Global Junior Golf Rankings) and JGS (Junior Golf Scoreboard) FJT (Florida Junior Tour) Exemption Certificates and Prizes for Flight Winners. $50 Edwin Watts Golf Gift Cards for Nearest The Pin Winners on both days and golf goodie bags for all entrants.

Our exquisite glass Claret Jug similar to that pictured above will be presented to our lowest scoring player by one of our attending Tour Sponsors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a limited field event. No more than 30 player entries will be accepted for this tournament event. Please note that this tournament event is open to ALL junior golfers however we do require ALL prize award winning players to hold a current annual player membership with us at the time of this event. Annual Membership lasts for one year from date of signing up and guarantees lowest entry price for EACH tournament you play in including this one. To renew membership or take new membership register by clicking  HERE

Entry Cost:  Member Rate of $89 per player.

Entry Cost: Non-Member rate of $109 per player.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: FSGA/FJT PLAYER STEP EXEMPTIONS WILL BE AWARDED TO PLAYER FLIGHT WINNERS AGED 13 and OVER IN THIS TOURNAMENT**

Please note golf cart rentals, if required, can be arranged for players at a cost of $20+tax.on each day

Players/families/spectators who live in The Villages are welcome to bring/ use their own golf cart if they wish.

Venue info click HERE

**Please Note Registration closes for the above Tournament at noon on Thursday December 8th**

Dependent upon when your entry is received late entries may NOT be included. If we ARE able to include you in the field your entry will incur an additional $25 administration charge***

 

Thank you to our Sponsors.


Motive

**Join us for an exclusive first tour visit to yet another Top 50 ranked Florida Golf venue**

When: Saturday December 17th, 2022. Tee Times from 12.00 pm

Where: Candler Hills GC, Ocala,FL

Details:18 Hole Stroke Play Competition (Flights classed by age)

Member’s entry: $55 inc. range/warm up balls.

Non-member’s entry: $70 inc. range/warm up balls.

Alumni/Senior entry: **18-21 Seniors are invited to play this event in a separate senior player only flight. Entry : $55 inc. range/warm up balls**

Golf Cart Rentals are available for players who wish to use them at the venue at a cost of $20 plus tax

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 15th AT 9PM. IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE YOU AFTER THIS TIME A LATE FEE OF $20 WILL BE APPLIED.

 

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Home of the Ocala Open golf tournament, the Candler Hills Golf Course is a beautiful Par-72 semi-private championship golf course that has five sets of tees ranging in length from 4,877 to 7,233 yards creating a rewarding experience for golfers of various handicaps. Enjoy the picturesque scenery and unique layout, but most importantly, enjoy your round of golf! With a Palm Springs-style landscape the course’s natural splendor is enhanced by the variety of trees including sabal palms, live oaks and slash pines and various ornamental grasses…this is not your typical Florida golf course!

A Challenge to Golfers of All Levels!

Designed by renowned golf course architect Gordon Lewis of Naples, Florida, Candler Hills Golf Course in Ocala is a masterpiece in design. With a Palm Springs-style landscape…this is not your typical Florida golf course. Five sets of tees ranging in length from 4,877 to 7,233 yards create a rewarding experience for golfers of various handicaps. Enjoy the picturesque scenery and unique layout, but most importantly, enjoy your round of golf!

At Candler Hills Golf Course you’ll also have access to our driving range, short-game area, and two putting greens so you can warm up before you tee off. PGA and LPGA professionals on staff provide members with regularly scheduled special golf and social events.

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When; Saturday December 31st, 2022 @10.30am

Where: Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake, FL

Details: A 4 player (3 adults/1 junior) Team Scramble FUNdraiser 

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Please join us or help out as we say goodbye to 2022 and prepare for what will be, for us, and for our junior golfers, an even bigger, and hopefully even better 2023, for us all!

For those of you who know us well, you know already most of the things that are important to us when it comes to kids and our great game of golf. For those who don’t know us so well, we passionately believe that those who play golf from a young age, those who stay with the game and learn to love it WILL play for a lifetime!

As much as we’d like to see it happen it’s completely unrealistic to believe ALL of the great kids we see every year will become superstars of golf, a few perhaps will and as exciting as that may be, that’s NOT our priority, our priority in doing what we do is always going to be about getting, and keeping, junior golfers playing what is undoubtedly THE toughest of all sports to become competent in, and the one that requires as much mental toughness as it requires physical ability!

Junior golfers who have that desire to develop, and who learn to understand what’s facing them and embrace the challenge, will practice and play, they will develop and they WILL improve their skills! Along the way their confidence will grow, their mental “toughness” will improve and they will automatically learn what it takes to be a junior golfer, they will understand and display, both on and off the golf course, the behaviors and principles expected of them in golf including Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Confidence, Empathy, Fairplay and many others and THAT right there is the driving force behind our passion for what we do. Whether you agree or not, create young golfers and you will create better young adults of the future, more confident and better prepared for the harsh realities of business and their life ahead of them!

Taking the leap into playing Tournament Golf is NOT an inexpensive activity for juniors here in Florida. When we began 3 years ago we made a decision to create a junior tour that would always be as “family-affordable” to you as we could be. Today we are very proud of this and it’s something we hope you can see. On the flipside of that of course is the fact that we also want to ensure our players gain experience by playing great venues and our entry fees always have to be based around what we get charged at the venues we play. Overall though we think we are doing a reasonable job when it comes to entry fee prices and we hope you agree?

The Claret Junior Tour IS a business, it’s a small business, run solely by Fiona and I, and just like any other business we need to ensure we can make ends meet. To operate the way we do we therefore always need to be looking closely at ways of bringing in any additional income we possibly can and up until now that’s been all about our sponsors. In 2022 we have received support from both businesses, like TCL and Phillips Toyota, and even donations from some of you personally and we are extremely thankful and so grateful for each and every contribution that has been received. These contributions have all gone towards ensuring we can continue doing what we do in the way that we do it! They have allowed us to achieve major goals including offering yearlong Claret Tour player scholarships to five of our current players, and that’s something we want to do even more of in 2023 and beyond.

A few months back we were asked by our very good friend at Harbor Hills CC, Tom Leimberger, if they could help us out by hosting a Claret Tour fundraiser tournament. We cannot thank them enough for this amazing and thoughtful gesture and we have begun discussions with them on how it will look, the date is Saturday 31st December,2022.

We will of course email you all with more information as it becomes available but right now we hope that as many of you as possible can make what we hope is going to be our first annual “FUNdraiser” (that’s a bit cheesey, sorry !) Anyway, right now here’s what we are planning:

  • Team 18 hole scramble consisting of 3 adults and one Claret Junior Tour player in each team.
  • A silent auction of items including exclusive memorabilia from the 150th The Open at St Andrews and some incredible kitchen/cutlery items from our friends at www.flintandflame.com including a 13 piece Pro Series Knives Set (Value $1649) that you can make completely unique by personalizing with name, image or logo.
  • Play a Hickory Golf Nearest the Pin with amazing prizes. Each player will use an original 100 year old iron and gutty-percha period golf ball on the 105 yards Hole #5
  • Business/Personal opportunities to Sponsor a Hole
  • Business/Personal opportunities to Sponsor a Junior Player for an upcoming tournament or for a 3,6- or 12-month period

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In addition to the above there will be LOTS of other great auction prizes, activities and FUN stuff going on.

Entertainment at our prizegiving will be provided by Paul McNeill, our very own resident bagpiper who will be resplendent in his Claret Junior Tour (Stewart Clan) Tartan and keeping the theme going our very own “Boss lady” Fiona has the oven ready to go and will be supplying her World Famous Secret Family Recipe Scottish Shortbread! On this occasion though it will cost you a few bucks to experience this rare buttery sweet treat…it is a FUNdraiser after all!

More info to come on this as we get closer but for now you can certainly help by saving the date. If you can make it along please register your junior player to play by clicking HERE. If you can play too that would be awesome, you can enter individually OR why not enter a team of three and play alongside your junior?

If you own a business and want to help in any way through sponsorship just send me a quick email and we will make it happen (keith@claretjuniortour.com) or if you want to donate a prize just let us know and we will include it in the silent auction or use it as a spot prize on the day!

For you regular club golfers out there, adults and juniors, please feel free to ask your local club manager or professional if they will maybe donate a round of golf or something similar?  We are hoping that some of our regular venues will do so ….everything and anything we can bring in helps. If you have any ideas that you think might work please let us know

That’s it for now….watch your email for more information on this one in the next week or so….it’s a unique and fun opportunity to get together one last time in 2022, before you head off to party in the New Year, at one of our favorite, and most supportive venues since we began playing tournaments!

Register now for the Claret Jug Golf Tour Annual Membership

 

When; Saturday December 31st, 2022

Where: Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake, FL

Details: 10.30am Start 4 player Team Scramble FUNdraiser Event.



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