Fortrose & Rosemarkie has been named the country’s No.1 club for young golfers after winning the 2013/14 RBS Junior Club of the Year at the 2014 Scottish Golf Awards.
Presented at the star-studded Hilton Glasgow event, the Black
Isle club beat off stiff competition from Peebles, Prestonfield and
Bathgate after a landmark 125th Anniversary year in which junior
golf took centre stage.
Prestonfield coach Liz Taylor was the night's other big winner,
picking up the hotly-contested RBS Volunteer of the year accolade
for her dedication to developing junior golf at the Edinburgh
Upon receiving the £1,500 first prize for return investment into
the juniors at Fortrose & Rosemarkie, club secretary Mike
MacDonald said: "I was total unaware that we were going to win the
award but to win it is just a fantastic achievement for the
"We've had a lot of recognition already and I think, on the back
of this, we can take the club forward even more. For the coaches it
means a lot as well because those are the guys that put the hard
"Obviously, we had such a fantastic year last year with it being
our 125th anniversary at the golf club. There was just so much
going on but I think the enthusiasm of the coaches was the key
thing that helped us to deliver everything we wanted to. They have
given up so much of their time for the kids and our coaching is a
massive thing for encouraging them to play.
"Being the 2014 RBS Junior Club of the Year will certainly help
ClubGolf grow here. We had 80 children taking part in ClubGolf
coaching last year and we will do as much as we can to promote
ourselves as the RBS Junior Club of the Year, which will hopefully
encourage even more to come along in the future."
Over the course of 2013, the Highland club invested heavily in new
practice facilities and coaching resources for their juniors and
has experienced an increase in young members as a result, from 94
to 131, making it one of the busiest sections in the country.
Similar success was experienced at Prestonfield, where 2013/14 RBS
Volunteer of the Year Liz Taylor oversaw the introduction of golf
for the first time to over 100 children.
Having become the club's first ClubGolf Co-ordinator at the
beginning of 2013, Liz has spearheaded the funding and construction
of two brand new par-3 practice holes, delivered and organised
coaching for a total of 124 children on Tuesdays, Saturdays and
Sundays and even began sessions for ladies interested in taking up
Delighted to be named Scotland's top golfing volunteer and receive
£500 for her club, Liz said: "Winning the RBS Volunteer of the year
award means that all of the hard work and effort that you put in:
i.e. the admin side of it and the organisation of the classes;
getting all of the coaches ready; drawing up rotas; communicating
with the parents and coaches, has paid off. I put in a lot of hours
but the rewards are absolutely massive and it just means the world
to me. I'm delighted.
"Having 74 children joining the club in 2013 is a massive
achievement for us but the most important thing is making sure the
kids keep coming back. That is what makes it special for us as
"We've heard that some of them keep their golf clubs under their
beds and their membership cards under their pillows because they
are just so excited about ClubGolf they can hardly sleep. Things
like that make this the best job in the world."
Bruce Cook, Head of Group Sponsorship at RBS, was pleased to see
Scotland's top junior club and volunteer rewarded for their
dedication and congratulated this year's successful candidates on
"The 2014 Scottish Golf Awards was another great event and RBS is
very proud to sponsor the Volunteer and Junior Club of the Year
awards. As with our ClubGolf partnership, we think it is important
to recognise the grass roots efforts that ultimately drive the
future of the game.
"Both of this year's winners have shown great commitment and
collaborative spirit to grow the game. As ClubGolf continues
to bring more kids into the game, we rely on individuals like Liz
Taylor and those involved at Fortrose & Rosemarkie to keep it
Watching on proudly as each of the deserving RBS Awards winners
was recognised in front of a 650-strong crowd, including 1995 Ryder
Cup-winning Captain Bernard Gallacher, ClubGolf Manager Jackie
Davidson said: "If it wasn't for our hard working clubs and
dedicated volunteers, the ClubGolf programme simply couldn't exist,
so I'm delighted to see Fortrose & Rosemarkie and
Prestonfield's Liz Taylor recognised for their success over the
last year with the 2013/14 RBS Awards.
"These awards are just a small token of our thanks for their work
in introducing and retaining children in golf, which will stand
their clubs in good stead for the future.
"Of course, we mustn't forget the many other applications we
received in this particularly strong year. All of these together
give me great confidence that golf at grass roots level in Scotland
is in good hands.
"Hopefully learning more about the achievements of this year's
winners can inspire even more clubs to recognise the importance of
having a strong junior section and how the ClubGolf programme can
help them to achieve this."
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.