A BROTHER and sister – aged just eight and six – are getting ready to take on some of the world’s best young golfers.

Fraser and Stella Walters head out to San Diego this summer to take part in the IMG Junior Golf World Championships.

The prestigious tournament, which will attract more than 200 budding young golfers, has been won in the past by golfing superstars such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.

Now, six-year-old Stella and eight-year-old Fraser are hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Proud dad Stephen said: “They are really looking forward to it and going to the USA and facing different kids.

“They are really looking forward to it and practising hard.”

The youngsters, who live near Aberlady, have been playing golf since they were just two or three years old.

Fraser won his UK qualifying event in Cambridge last September before younger sister Stella also booked her ticket to the competition with victory at Oak Park Golf Club, near Basingstoke.

More than 1,200 golfers from 56 countries are expected to take part in the July 8-12 competition.

The two Loretto School pupils are targeting top 20 placings, with Fraser competing in the boys’ 7-8 category and Stella in the girls’ six-year-old group.

Jetting abroad for golf is nothing new for Fraser or Stella, who play at Kilspindie Golf Club and Craigielaw Golf Club, near Aberlady.

Dad Stephen told Courier Sport: “Last year, Fraser qualified at two events to feature on Sky Sports at the American Golf Junior finals.

“Fraser achieved a second place with a score of -4 under par.

“Fraser also secured a third place at the US Kids Venice International Junior Championship last summer and has achieved several wins on the British Junior Gold Tour circuit throughout the UK.

“He also held a sixth place at the US kids European Junior Championships in Longniddry last May.

“Stella has enjoyed several wins on the British Junior Golf Tour circuit and achieved an eighth place at the US kids Venice International open and a sixth place at the US kids British Junior Championships last summer, both in the under 9s categories.”

Stephen said his children were both still very young but did not rule out the possibility of them following in the footsteps of fellow county golf professionals such as David Drysdale, Grant Forrest and Catriona Matthew.

“Maybe one day,” he said. “We will see how they get on in the next few years but they are both really keen and would like to do it one year.”