Hundreds of young golfers who take part in the ClubGolf programme in the north east of Scotland have been having a ball this afternoon after a significant donation.
Trump International Golf Links is donating 15,000 golf balls to clubs who offer ClubGolf coaching to allow youngsters to practise and develop their skills. The balls were used by golfers on the practice range at the luxurious resort on the Menie Estate during the year.
Head PGA Professional at Trump International Golf Links, Christopher Campbell, handed over the golf balls on Thursday (08 October) to coaches and juniors from 17 clubs across the north east.
He said: “We are delighted to offer our support to junior golf at a grass roots level and to be able to work with ClubGolf Scotland. This donation will benefit the upcoming players and we hope will lead to growing the game within Scotland.”
The donation of range balls to ClubGolf, Scotland’s junior golf programme, is the first by Trump International.
Audra Booth, ClubGolf Regional Manager, found good homes for the donation around the region. She said: “This is extremely generous of Trump International and I know the balls will be put to good use during the coaching sessions delivered at these clubs.”
Among those benefitting is Alford Golf Club on whose behalf ClubGolf coaching coordinator Colin Hood accepted the donation. He said:
“We’re delighted to accept these range balls which will benefit the 40 plus children going through the programme at the moment. It will allow us to continuously practice during the session without having to stop and collect the limited number of balls we have and so we will be able to spend more time concentrating on coaching.”
Neal Anderson from Rothes Golf Club added: “It’s fantastic for a small club like ours to be gifted any training equipment, as all fundraising activities for the junior section take a lot of time. This means we can spend our limited finances on other equipment to benefit the coaching programme.
“Like all golf clubs, we have youngsters of varying levels of ability and these better quality balls will be used for short game, in particular, to help the lower handicap players who have aspirations to take their golf to a higher level. For those juniors going to Menie Estate to accept the donation, it can only inspire them further to see such a top quality course.”
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.