In 2012 I created the Miguel Ángel Jiménez Junior Circuit in Spain, to give children in Spain from the age of 7 to 18 the opportunity to play in a series of tournaments against other children of a similar age. As well as giving the children the chance to enjoy the game of golf, these children will learn valuable life skills through competition as well as respect for their fellow competitors. I also hope that they will get the same feeling of excitement and anticipation that I do every time I play in a tournament.
The Junior Circuit is divided into different age categories for boys and girls. In 2015 the Circuit included 17 different tournaments around Spain, with up to 180 children competing at each one, and with a total of 1,820 competitors. The winners of each category at every event received prizes, but also accumulated points towards the Final Ranking and those children with the most points played at the Final in December in Malaga.
It is a great honour that the Junior Circuit is now an Official Partner of the European Tour and the Royal Spanish Federation of Golf, and we must also thank PING, Srixon, Melia and AVIS, as well as the many other Sponsors that make it possible for our Circuito to grow so much each year. The success of the Junior Circuit has also attracted the media and we are lucky enough to have the Canal + golf cameras at the Final event giving the children the real feeling they are in a professional tournament.