For most players, improvement comes slowly and surely as they get to grips with their game. But one ClubGolfer has not looked back since getting her handicap this season.
Ellie Harkness braved the windy conditions at Southerness Golf Club to win the South of Scotland Golfer’s Association girls’ Junior Order of Merit.
That alone would be quite an acheivement for someone who has just got their first handicap. But added to that, the Lochmaben youngster is only 12 years old.
Ellie was introduced to golf at school through ClubGolf before attending coaching at Lochmaben Golf Club with Maitland Pollock, ClubGolf coach who was named the joint RBS Volunteer of the Year earlier this year.
Maitland said: “Ellie is showing a lot of promise and I believe is a club champion in the making. She has made huge strides this year and is the only girl at the club playing in the medals.
“Ellie has also had some coaching from Chris Robinson, and I would like to see her going to a Scottish Golf Development Centre and onwards from there. However, she is a very good all-rounder playing football with Queen of the South too, so we just need to keep her in the sport. She’s certainly one for the future.”
Ellie was one of the juniors recognised at Lochmaben's junior prizegiving at the end of the season. Well done, Ellie. Keep up the good work!
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