Queensferry get top junior accolade

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The Queensferry-based club won the title and £1000 prize money at the RBS Junior Golf Awards in Glasgow last Friday.

The local club, which introduced its junior programme in 2010, has showed what can be achieved in a short space of time with the right people and a great plan.

From having less than 50 juniors, no girl members and dwindling funds, it now boasts six qualified volunteer coaches, is working hard in local primary and secondary schools, and has 30 children on its Stage 1 and 2 ClubGolf programmes, many of whom have become club members.

As a direct result of its ClubGolf coaching the club’s junior team came third in the Linlithgowshire league, its highest ever finish. And one of its juniors has been accepted onto Lothian’s coaching programme.

Energy and innovation are key to the club’s rapid and sustainable growth. It has integrated fully with the community, holding open days and festivals for over 300 children. To keep its juniors engaged and progressing it sets aside practice areas and holes exclusively for coaching and regular competitions.

And to ensure youngsters can continue golf year round, it has introduced winter coaching for Stage 2 and 3 juniors at the Heriot Watt University’s indoor golfing facility.

Jim Cowper, the club’s ClubGolf co-ordinator said: “To be shortlisted for this award was brilliant but to actually win it is the icing on the cake for a small club like us – this is absolutely fantastic.

‘‘It’s a massive accolade for Dundas Parks and I think all the people at the club will be very proud of what the members have achieved.

“We want to keep going and reach the next step, part of which is to arrange a ClubGolf event at the club. We have never had a junior open at the club before and we are hoping to do that in July.

“We are very fortunate to have the £1000 which we will use in a number of different ways; to help us put in extra practice facilities and also use for professional tuition.”

Runners up to Dundas Parks were Dollar GC (Clackmannanshire), Kemnay GC (Aberdeenshire) and Maybole GC (Ayrshire).