An army of ClubGolf volunteer coaches descended on Gleneagles on Sunday 13 October to compete in a special pro-am competition over the Queens Course.
Organised to reward coaches for the time they have generously
contributed to Scotland's national junior golf programme over the
summer, the event saw three representatives from 30 ClubGolf clubs
team up with a PGA Professional.
Though a friendly contest at heart, competition was fierce with
Newburgh on Ythan and their professional, Ross Dennison (Inverness
Golf Club), emerging victorious with 85 Stableford points.
With the best two scores from each team counting on each hole,
Newburgh's Norma Clubb, Brian Cummings and Shane Jakeman performed
excellently to hold off a quartet of teams tied on 83 points.
Delighted by becoming the country's top ClubGolf coaches, at least
from a playing perspective, Newburgh on Ythan member Clubb
said: "Sunday at Gleneagles was a fantastic day. The Queens
is a wonderful course and it was presented in excellent
"I can honestly say we didn't expect to win. We thought our score
would be competitive but we were genuinely surprised to learn we'd
won. It's a great way to finish our season.
"It was a real team effort with everyone contributing. One of our
team, Shane, had just flown back from Houston and had an inspired
turn about the turn but jet-lag got to him in the end. Our pro,
Ross was a lovely guy and a great source of encouragement.
"It is really good of ClubGolf to organise events like this. It's
sometimes difficult to find the time for playing as a volunteer but
this certainly makes it worthwhile. We try and spread the
opportunities to go to these events around all our coaches as they
definitely make you feel valued."
As pleased as Clubb was to pick up the silverware on the day, the
greatest reward from his perspective is witnessing the continuing
development of youngsters progressing under the guidance of
"Whilst there are many aspects of being a ClubGolf volunteer coach
that are enjoyable, no doubt the most rewarding aspect is watching
the improvement in young golfers and the enthusiasm they have for
"Our first batch of youngsters have just completed Stage 1 and the
development in them has been great and they are different golfers
now to what they were two years ago."
ClubGolf Regional Manager for the Central Region, Mandy Martin,
who was in charge of organising the Gleneagles volunteer event,
said: "The Gleneagles Pro-Am was a great finale to a fantastic
summer of events and another year of ClubGolf activity.
"As a ClubGolf partner and venue at the heart of Scottish Golf,
Gleneagles was a fantastic venue . It provided a great opportunity
for our volunteers to play a top-class course at a top-class
"The volunteers are a vital part of our programme, without them
ClubGolf would not be what it is today. They are instrumental in
ClubGolf and junior golf development across Scotland. They are
helping Scottish Golf create a legacy from the 2014 Ryder Cup."