Team JRJ has won the 2014 season finale, the ClubGolf Junior Masters, in sensational style on a difficult weather day at Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The team of Rory Thain and Hamish Brown from Golf House Club Elie, and Jamie Dobie from Muir of Ord Golf Club came together with professional Robert Farrell to win the stableford event with a sensational 127 points. James Boyd was part of the team in the qualifier at Auchterarder.
In second place with 117 points was Dumbarton’s team of Ashton McLean, Lorna McClymont, Maria Docherty and PGA professional Colin Fisher. The third team was Royal Aberdeen’s Clark Moore, Jonathan Bell and Craig Leith, and SGU squad player Ben Kinsley with 113 points.
The event began with a shotgun start in wet and windy conditions for the 19 teams playing the venue for the Junior Ryder Cup a month prior. It wasn’t just the team names that caught the eye: there was good golf on show too from both professionals and juniors.
Professional Vikki Laing saw her second shot at the 8th hit the flag stick. This put Team Kilmacolm Golf Club in good spirits with high-fives all round at the halfway stage. They ended up with 110 points.
The Ladies European Tour player said: “I have had a lot of fun with my team today and they played really well. I remember meeting and playing with pros as a junior and it was a great incentive for me to see players from your own country doing well. It makes it more real. I was totally inspired today and I look forward to seeing the next generation of golfers.”
The 57 junior boys and girls competed over the challenging Rosemount course and the home club represented by The Wee Tigers who were dressed to impress with their matching outfits. They played a mean game of golf too – scoring a total 100 points.
Dryfe Bridge Stormers started well and scored 16 points over holes 16 and 17 as their professional Kevin Campbell admitted, without his help. They finished with an impressive 109 points. A Lucky Dip prize was awarded to Dollar.
There were prizes out with the team competition: Jordan Cooper won nearest the pin competition at the par-three fifteenth.
The longest drive took place on the fifth hole with Lorna McClymont winning the longest drive in the girls’ category and Tom MacKenzie winning longest drive in the boys’ category.
The fairways were filled with chatty juniors having a fun round of golf. The mixed weather conditions had very little impact on their enjoyment and any of the competitors played in front of on-looking family members who came along to support the event. ClubGolf Chairman Bill Buchan and Blairgowrie Golf Club Managing Secretary Douglas Cleeton presented the prizes.
ClubGolf Manager, Jackie Davidson, said: “Congratulations to all the juniors who took part in the qualifying heats and today’s grand final, especially to the winners. We would like to thank all the professionals who played with the teams today, Blairgowrie Golf Club for hosting the event and the parents for their ongoing support of the country’s young golfers.”
ClubGolf Junior Masters Grand final full results