Sussex golfer William Virgo is ready to test himself against 55 of the best juniors in Europe – at the age of 12.

The Singing Hills and West Hove member qualified for the Junior European Open, which takes place in Spain from today.

There will be plenty of sporting experience in his camp as his dad Adam, the former Albion star, operates as his caddy.

William progressed to Spain by winning a qualification event at Eastbourne Downs.

Adam said: “He has played golf since he was about six.

“He loved his football but, when he was about ten, he had a round of golf with me and asked if he could play more of it.

“That turned into it taking over from football.

“He told his mum first that he wanted to give up football and play golf.

“It took a couple of months to get through to me!

“Since then, he has dedicated his life to golf. He’s young but I knew I wanted to be a footballer when I was his age.

“If his dad can be a footballer, he has got every chance of being a golfer because he has got much more talent than I had when I was his age.

“He wants to play golf and, like any parents, we support him as much as possible.

“This is a chance to test himself against the best in Europe.

“Whether he does well or he does badly, it’s a good learning curve for him.

“I think he is a bit nervous but he is also seeing it as a great opportunity to play against people he doesn’t know and come out of his comfort zone, which is always a good thing.”

William will play four rounds and could qualify for a fifth, which would essentially be the final.

Although his dad played for the Seagulls and Celtic among others, golf runs in the family.

Adam said: “My sister played golf for England when she was 17, my grandad was a pro golfer and my uncle and my dad owned a golf shop in Lewes Road (in Brighton).

“When I think about it, golf is a big part of the Virgo name.

“I’ve been designated caddy. I’ve bought a bib with my name on it!”

Ryan Fenwick, golf pro at West Hove, is William’s coach and mentor while Gavin Graimes, at Oliver and Graimes, gives valued support as sponsor.

Gavin said: “O&G is really proud to support and sponsor William. His commitment, drive, and natural talent have seen him quickly progress, and we're really pleased to help play a small part in supporting his journey.

“As a family business, established over 44 years in Sussex working with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Sussex Cricket, it's rewarding to witness and contribute to the growth of a promising young athlete like William."