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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wee Wonders Championships loses sponsor HSBC

Here's a note from Gullane professional Alasdair Good who started the whole idea:

Dear Wee Wonders,
I know many of you will be keen to make plans for next year’s event and I just wish to keep you posted on plans for 2010.
Having enjoyed seven fantastic years of HSBC support for the Wee Wonders Championships, I'm now looking for a new sponsor. Together with Octagon Marketing, we are working very hard and will explore all avenues open to us to ensure the continued future of the event.
When I started the Championships in 1995, there was very little in the way of opportunities for youngsters to meet and play together. In the seven years HSBC have been involved approx 25,000 boys and girls have enjoyed and no doubt learnt greatly from their experiences.
They extended an invitation for Wee Wonders to meet and play alongside the world's best golfers at their World Matchplay event. Tiger did a putting clinic for us, Monty has done several fun clinics and in 2009 Nick Dougherty became our ambassador Tour Pro. All this was made possible with the vision and expertise of HSBC.
The legacy of their sponsorship is that we now see graduates of the HSBC Wee Wonders dominating the highest levels or junior golf throughout Great Britain & Ireland. There are young ladies proving to the golfing world that even in their early teens, they are a competitive force to be reckoned with at any level.
We were also represented in the last Walker Cup and many others have gone all the way and turned professional.
As well as many measurable successes at the top level, I've had the pleasure of observing hundreds of new friendships being forged and old rivalries enjoyed. Through seeing the high standard of play and behaviour our juniors are capable of, many Golf Club's are now embracing the thousands of keen young players and the families this brings to golf.
As sponsors they will be sadly missed but I'm forever grateful for the immense contribution they have made to the Wee Wonders Championships and to the future of golf.
The hard work will continue over the coming weeks and months to secure funding for 2010 and when I've confirmed plans, I shall email you again to let you know.
Shortly there will be changes to the current website, so for any Wee Wonders related questions or enquiries please contact me at or at Gullane GC at
The Wee Wonders hotline number that is currently on the website will also soon be decommissioned so if you wish to speak to me directly, please call 07810632766.
I look forward to seeing you next year and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Yours sincerely,
Alasdair Good
Founder, Wee Wonders
Wee Wonders Ltd
Professional's Shop
Gullane Golf Club
West Links Road
East Lothian EH31 2BB
Tel: 01620 843111
Fax: 01620 843090