The finalists vying for the 2015/16 Junior Club of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Awards have been announced, featuring eight clubs and individuals who have made a difference to the sport over the past 12 months.
The ClubGolf Junior Club of the Year will be contested between North Lanarkshire Junior Academy, Peebles, Prestonfield and Stornoway, who all enjoyed an outstanding year in attracting youngsters to the game and engaging their community. They are already guaranteed £500 for reaching the final four, and Peebles have the chance to make it two-in-a-row having won the title and the £1,500 prize last year.
The Volunteer of the Year category was opened up this year to everyone who works in a voluntary role, whether on a club committee, as a ClubGolf coach, or as a representative of their area or county.
The four finalists are Lee Sterritt, match secretary and ClubGolf coordinator at Crichton Golf Club in Dumfries; Haddington Golf Club captain David Drew; Ian Graham, Gairloch Golf Club’s junior convenor; and John Anderson, ClubGolf coach and junior coordinator at Thornton Golf Club.
The winners will be crowned at the 2016 Annodata Scottish Golf Awards at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on Friday 11 March alongside others who have achieved excellence at all levels of the sport.
The showcase event is one of the highlights of the Scottish golfing calendar, celebrating the achievements of players and clubs at all levels of the game.
Among those vying for the coveted Player of the Year title are WGC Champion RussellKnox, European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, Ladies European Tour star Pamela Pretswell and Walker Cup winners Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson. Catriona Matthew, Scotland’s most successful female Tour professional, is to be honoured with the Allied Surveyors Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award.
Scottish Golf’s Club Development Manager Jackie Davidson is delighted the hard work being done for junior golfers and the tireless enthusiasm of Scotland’s volunteers is being recognised once again.
Davidson said: “The Awards are a great opportunity to highlight some of the fantastic work being done at clubs across the country. It is always difficult to pick finalists as there are so many people committed to the ClubGolf programme and to strengthening their club, and this year we had more entries than ever before.
“Our shortlists represent those clubs and individuals who we feel have gone the extra mile and shown exceptional achievement in growing the game and engaging their community in the past year and we look forward to seeing the winners crowned on what promises to be a fantastic evening.”
The Annodata Scottish Golf Awards has raised almost £50,000 for the Scottish Golf Charitable Trust over the past two years, and this year’s partner is the On Course Foundation, an organisation which supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans through golf.
The last remaining tickets are still available for the event, priced at £95 per person or £950 for a table of 10, and can be purchased via scottishgolf.org or by calling 01334 466477.
The aim of ClubGolf is to create a development pathway from entry level through to the highest levels of achievement, enabling increased access to golf, higher participation levels, improved standards of performance, and sustained growth in the future.