North Ayrshire Active Schools has held its first ever Secondary Golf Competition at Ravenspark Golf Club in Irvine with the club emerging as one of the winners on the day.
Thirty pupils aged between 13 and 17 from five schools across North Ayrshire competed in the event in what were tough conditions with strong winds. The schools taking part were Arran, Garnock, Greenwood, Irvine Royal and St Matthew’s Academy. Pupils were grouped into teams of three with most schools bringing two teams.
St Matthew’s second team won by a margin of 10 strokes with a combined score of 144 from the best two net scores. The winning team was Jaimie Wyllie, Kyle McCaig and Declan Smith.
Joint runners-up were Greenwood team two and Garnock Academy. Irvine Royal Academy was led by Mr Houston with team members William McGhie, Liam McKie, Charlie McLean, Dylan Goldie, Jack Fitzpatrick, and Kelvin Carey.
Operators KA Leisure offered the Ravenspark course as a courtesy for the event along with refreshments for all competitors after the round which was greatly appreciated. The course was in immaculate condition and allowed the best possible chance for players to play well and enjoy the day.
Ravenspark Golf Club were also winners on the day, as competitors were given information and encouraged to join following the medal ceremony.
Ten new junior members signed up and will now have the opportunity to play more competitive golf, along with receiving regular tuition from the club. Of these 10 members, six pupils from Irvine Royal joined on the day with another two the following week, a total of eight Irvine Royal pupils making the transition from school to club sport.
Active Schools coordinator, Bruce McMaster who organised the event thanked KA Leisure, Ravenspark Golf Club, ClubGolf, and the participating schools for their support.
Any young golfers who would like more information about joining Ravenspark as a junior member should contact Fred Helson on 07544 501455.
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.