Alan Millar from Dunfermline is one of the 28 Scottish Golf Development Centre players chosen to be part of the Team behind the Team at The Ryder Cup 2014. His story from before and after the global event.
Alan Millar has been golfing ever since he could swing a club and went on to join Canmore Golf Club in Dunfermline when he was about six years old.
“My dad got me into golf – I’m pretty glad that he did. He would take me to the club after he finished work in the evenings to play nine holes and I was never away from the practice area. We are both golf nuts and play at every opportunity. I take my golf very seriously and I have a handicap of three.”
Alan took part in Scottish Golf Development Centre programmes at Elie and Elmwood under Ian Muir. He said: “It was really good. I really enjoyed it and it definitely helped my handicap go from eight to three. The programme helped me develop as golfer and in general.”
He has just turned 18 and finished an apprenticeship, and is now working full time as a contract administrator with an engineering consultancy company.
When it comes to being selected as a carry boarder at The Ryder Cup, there was only one person Alan could go with: his dad. He said: “He was the one playing golf so he has to come with me.
“I think it’ll be a really good experience being so close to the players. I’ve been to The Open before but it’s going to be a completely different experience as you’ll be closer to everything. It’s amazing – it’s an opportunity you can’t turn down. So few people got the chance to do it so I cannot believe I was so lucky and picked to do it.
His father Ronnie is a delivery driver for Royal Mail, and when it comes to golf, he says: “I am dead keen – though I’m going downhill while the young boys are taking over!”
“I think this is a great opportunity – we can’t wait. When we got the email through, Alan phoned me to ask if I got it. It’s amazing for anyone to be inside the ropes carrying the boards.
“To watch them swing up close, watch them hit a ball, will be totally different to watching on TV and we may pick up a few tips. Even the way they carry themselves - they’re all professional sportsmen and it’s brilliant.”
Alan shared his memories with us at the end of Ryder Cup week:
"Sadly that is me back to work after an amazing week at both the Junior Ryder Cup at Blairgowrie and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles!
"We carried the board for two of the girls at Blairgowrie - Hannah O'Sullivan from the USA and Mathilda Cappeliez from Europe - and the quality of the golf that was played was just unbelievable!
"Over the weekend at Gleneagles I think we had some of the best games to carry the boards for. Rose and Stenson in the foursomes on Friday afternoon, McIlroy and Poulter on Saturday morning for the fourballs which was one of the most exciting matches to watch! And we finished off with Garcia and Furyk in the singles. The atmosphere at Gleneagles was brilliant, especially when two of the three matches that we carried for went up 18!
"Both my Dad and I agree that it was one of the, if not, the best experience of our lives and it was a fantastic way to finish my Junior career!!!
"Thanks again for the amazing opportunity that will never be forgotten!"