Scottish golf clubs and facilities developing their junior sections through ClubGolf have the opportunity to gain national recognition when the RBS Junior Club and Volunteer Awards are presented at a prestigious event in March.
A prize of £1,000 is up for grabs in the RBS Junior Club of the
Year Award, while £500 will be presented to Scottish Golf's leading
volunteer at the annual Scottish Golf Awards, taking place at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 23 March.
Hosted by BBC commentator Andrew Cotter, anchor for last season's
Masters, Open Championship and Walker Cup, the Awards will
celebrate the achievements of golfers and golf clubs across
Scotland, raising funds to develop the country's young
Numbers of juniors taking up golf across Scotland are at an all
time high as a result of the flourishing national junior programme
ClubGolf, supported by RBS, which has introduced 220,000 P5
children to golf. More than 12,675 children are now active in
ClubGolf coaching at 311 clubs in Scotland, with an army of 1,575
hard-working volunteer coaches giving up their time to work with
Backed by 18-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus, RBS launched a 3½
year sponsorship of the programme last summer, to support
ClubGolf's development of golf in the community and encourage
children to stay in the game.
The RBS Junior Golf Awards will reward clubs and volunteers that
demonstrate excellence in promoting junior golf, with the winners
receiving their prize alongside the biggest names in Scottish Golf,
with former Open Champion Paul Lawrie and Ryder Cup captain Colin
Montgomerie in attendance last year.
"We're delighted to be supporting the Junior Awards, which
highlight the tremendous work being done in golf communities across
Scotland," said Suzanne Williamson, Sponsorship Manager for RBS.
"Our investment in Scottish Golf is focused on the grass roots of
the game and these awards give something back to those who put in
so much effort behind the scenes to ensure that golf remains
accessible for our country's youngsters."
On hand at the RBS headquarters in Gogarburn were coaches and
children from Turnhouse Golf Club, the first club in Edinburgh to
offer ClubGolf coaching. Turnhouse now has 70 children on its
ClubGolf programme taught by 17 coaches.
Volunteer coach Iain Holt is particularly pleased that the awards
have been expanded to include more categories.
"There are a lot of clubs and volunteers out there working very
hard to develop the game at grassroots level under different
circumstances and in different environments," said Iain. "I am
pleased to see that different categories have been introduced for
this prestigious award.
"This enhancement to the awards will give everybody involved with
the ClubGolf programme a big boost to continue this essential work
and give them recognition for their time and efforts."
This year's winners will join an illustrious list of names at the
forefront of junior golf development typified by the reigning
Junior Club of the Year, Orkney.
"Winning this award meant a huge amount to us and the whole event
was an amazing experience," said Orkney Golf Club's Junior
Administrator Janette Mackie.
"The publicity it generated really increased awareness of golf
locally. Not only have we had more juniors joining as a result, we
have seen a lot more adults taking up the game and more have joined
than we have had in years.
"We are a small island but we have got a fantastic facility and
dedicated volunteers but I believe that what we have achieved here
can be done anywhere in Scotland."
Palacerigg Golf Club's junior convenor, Frank Anderson, winner of
last year's Volunteer of the Year category, is equally enthusiastic
about the event.
"The Scottish Golf Awards was a brilliant evening and it was great
to be acknowledged," he said. "A lot of people have commented to me
since about it and the prize money was very useful in buying new
"I volunteer because I enjoy it and I get a huge amount of
satisfaction from it. This award isn't just for me but for the
club, our coaches and helpers. I'd definitely recommend others to
nominate a volunteer or their club for this."
To nominate your club for RBS Junior Golf Awards visit
www.scottishgolf.org . All nominations must be received by 10
Tickets to the Scottish Golf Awards event cost £75 per person, or
tables of 10 can be purchased at £700 (including VAT). You can buy
your tickets on-line via the Scottish Golf Shop at www.scottishgolf.org or
call the Ticket Hotline on 01334 466477.
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