Children and volunteers from Strathendrick, the 2012/13 RBS Junior Club of the Year, gathered on the ‘Bonnie Banks’ of Loch Lomond to launch this year’s RBS Junior Golf Awards.
ClubGolf, supported by RBS, has begun its search for clubs and
individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to further the
game and is inviting nominations before the closing date of 14
Presented annually at the star-studded Scottish Golf Awards, the
RBS Junior Club of the Year and RBS Volunteer of the Year accolades
reward the commitment and innovative work being done at grassroots
level to get more kids into golf.
A prize of £1,500 will go to the winning club for investment into
its junior section while the country's leading volunteer will
receive £500 for their home club, plus £100 to use
RBS Group Head of Sponsorship Bruce Cook is delighted to once
again support the positive work being done across Scotland to
preserve the health of the game.
"We are honoured to be a part of these special awards," he
"The hard work of clubs to grow the junior game and the selfless
contribution of so many volunteers across Scotland is vital to the
future of golf and the success of so many clubs.
"The always strong pool of worthy candidates makes for a difficult
decision but it's indicative of the strength of the game and the
good work of Scottish Golf. We certainly look forward to the
Strathendrick Junior Convener David Hood was on-hand to pick up
the RBS Junior Club of the Year prize at the 2013 Scottish Golf
Awards, alongside golfing luminaries Sandy Lyle and Stephen
He was amazed by the impact winning such a prestigious accolade
has made at the Stirlingshire venue.
He said: "The club was ecstatic to win the RBS Junior Club of the
Year award and we have seen some phenomenal results. This year, our
numbers grew dramatically and we now have 74 junior members. This
time last year we finished the season with 42 children, so it has
"With our prize money, we purchased more equipment and are
investing the remainder in building a new junior training area
within the club. Without the support of RBS, we would not have been
able to do this.
"The award has meant everything to all of those involved. It
recognised the fantastic support we get from our juniors, parents
and our superb team of volunteers."
While facing a strong challenge from three other dedicated
helpers, indeed one of whom was Strathendrick's very own Jean
Leitch, Torvean Junior Convener Shirley Murray collected the RBS
Volunteer of the Year honour.
Murray, whose influence at Torvean has been described as
'revolutionary', looks forward to passing on the baton to one of
her fellow volunteers, who will receive their award alongside guest
of honour Bernard Gallacher OBE at the 2014 Scottish Golf
Now on his road to recovery after his recent health scare,
Gallacher will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service
to the sport, which encompasses eight appearances in the Ryder Cup
and one as a victorious captain in 1995.
"I was absolutely gobsmacked to win the RBS Volunteer of the Year
award last year," said Murray. "I was thrilled to bits. I had
worked hard but to get the reward was the icing on the cake, and it
has opened a good few doors for the club itself.
"We were able to invite a local pro from Inverness to come to the
club once a month from April to October and he has developed a very
good relationship with the children. It has most definitely had an
impact on their standard of play.
"I won't be sad to give up my Volunteer of the Year title because,
if the person who gets it in 2014 is as enthusiastic about kids'
golf as I am, then good luck to them. I hope they have as much
success as I have had."
The RBS Junior Club of the Year Award is open to more than 300
Scottish golf clubs currently delivering ClubGolf, while
nominations for the RBS Volunteer of the Year will be invited from
Scotland's network of volunteer coaches.
Nominations for both awards will be reviewed by a panel of judges
against the following criteria: Exceptional Performance; New and
Innovative Ideas; Demonstration of Increased Participation; and
Community Engagement/Benefits to the Club.
ClubGolf Manager, Jackie Davidson, is hopeful that, with so much
positive work being done across Scottish golf clubs, the judging
panel will have their work cut out in choosing their winners.
"We are always delighted to receive many nominations from
volunteers and clubs who all are worthy of recognition," said
"It is terrific to be able to reward those outstanding candidates
at the Scottish Golf Awards each year and would like to thank RBS
for their continued support of this great cause."
To nominate a club or volunteer for the 2013/2014 RBS Junior Golf
Awards, visit www.clubgolfscotland.com/rbsawards. All
nominations must be received by 14 January 2014.
To read case studies about the good work of last year's
shortlisted clubs and volunteers, log-on to www.clubgolfscotland.com/case-studies
You can book tickets for the 2014 Scottish Golf Awards, now
established as one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, by
calling the ticket hotline on 01334 466477 or visiting www.scottishgolf.org