Jim commended for coaching golf stars of the future

Dundas Park's Jim Cowper
Dundas Park's Jim Cowper

A Queensferry golfer has seen his commitment to the sport’s future recognised.

Jim Cowper, Dundas Parks Golf Club’s Clubgolf co-ordinator was shortlisted for the Clubgolf Volunteer of the Year award at the Scottish Golf Awards in Glasgow and, although he did not win the award, he was runner-up.

The club introduced the programme in 2010 and it has gone from strength to strength which led to it achieving Junior Club of the Year award in 2012.

Jim has paid great attention to maintaining links with local primary schools while Heather Darling, the local Active Schools co-ordinator, has helped to introduce the sport to P5 pupils prior to them attending a Clubgolf Festival at Queensferry Rugby Club later this month. Around 130 children are expected to attend.

The club has also organised a 12-week Clubgolf programme at Queensferry High over the past three years which has helped boost junior memberships to 70.

Regular competitions are organised and girls and boys play in the same events.

The girls did particularly well with their champion beating all the boys in the junior medal final and then being chosen to represent 
Edinburgh Schools.

The under-14 girls’ winner at the final of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation event was also from Dundas Parks.

Golfers from Queensferry High currently lead the Edinburgh High School league with all the players being members of the club.

Five have represented 
Edinburgh Schools while teenage members hold the club and strokeplay titles while last year the club had its youngest-ever winner of a gents’ medal, aged just 14.

Jackie Davidson, Clubgolf Scotland manager, said of Jim contribution to junior golf: “Your commitment has made a real impact and I would like to congratulate you.”

Jim responded: “Having a really sound plan is the first step. Good communication and buy-in from the club, members, coaches, pupils, parents, the professional and greens staff as well as partners such as Active Schools, Clubgolf, Stephen Gallacher Foundation and funding sources, is the next step.’’