2016/2017 is the 21st year of the Home Nations Junior Team Golf Championships. In 2001 the format was enhanced to identify the Junior Team Champions of England, Ireland Scotland and Wales and then bring these four club teams together for the Home Nations Junior Team Golf Championships (the Championship). Prior to that date it was a two team final with there being no recognition of standing within a home nation country. Over 1,500 clubs with 800,000 members (i.e. in excess of 50% of UK golf clubs) compete in the Championship. On average each of the competing clubs have junior sections of around 60 youngsters, i.e. an estimated 90,000 young golfers in total. 25,000 junior (18 and under boys and girls) participate in approximately 100 junior leagues or similar competitions throughout Great Britain and Ireland, throughout the year to determine qualification for the regional and quarter finals (see§1.3 below), which are totally managed by Junior Team Golf. From these “regional finals, the winners progress to national semi-finals and finals. Since 2000 many of the Walker Cup squads have contained players such as Matthew Fitzpatrick, Grant Forrest, Nick Dougherty, Michael Hoey, Philip Rowe, Oliver Wilson and Michael Skelton who had previously played in the later stages of the JTG championship. These and many more have gone on to have careers as European Tour Pros. Every year several junior internationals from the four Home Nations feature in the grand final staged overseas. In these championships elite players such as these, find themselves alongside the mass of double-figure handicap teenage golfers who are the future backbone of the game.