Nov 23rd, 2016
Paul Lawrie Foundation supporting Highland Junior Golf
With Winter Series on leading links courses
Words: James Greenwood Photography: Getty Images
Top junior amateurs are competing on some of the north of Scotland’s leading links courses in a second winter programme for young players being run by the Paul Lawrie Foundation.
The foundation’s Winter Series, launched in the Highlands last year, is aimed at helping junior players continue to play competitive golf between November and March, which we think is a great idea.
It is supported by Highland Golf Links (HGL), a partner organisation, which includes three of Scotland’s leading links courses - Nairn, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and Castle Stuart Golf Links - as well as three major hotels, and is aimed at promoting golf and tourism in the area.
All three HGL courses feature in the 2016-2017 programme which teed off at Nairn last month and continues on Sunday (27 November) at Tain Golf Club and then Moray Golf Club New Course (8 January); Nairn Dunbar (26 February); Castle Stuart Golf Links (26 March); and Royal Dornoch (2 April).
The Winter Series is a stroke play competition for boys and girls who were under 18 on 1 January this year. Up to 30 competitors will take part, with a handicap limit of 18 for boys and 24 for girls.
The Paul Lawrie Foundation was launched in Aberdeen in 2001, two years after Paul won The Open at Carnoustie, and since then has assisted thousands of juniors to start playing golf, improve their skills and compete in tournaments.
Its mission is to get as many young people playing the sport as possible and, ultimately, produce a tour winner or even a Major champion.
Castle Stuart GC
The first tournament arranged in the Highlands under the PLF banner – the Paul Lawrie Foundation Junior Open – was won by Nairn member Sandy Scott, who was part of Scotland’s successful defence of the European Amateur Team title in July and also took part in the Fairstone Men’s Home Internationals in August.