Stephen Gallacher backing buddy initiative to help Scotland's top young pro golfers

Linlithgow golf ace Stephen Gallacher is helping Scotland’s top young professionals to embrace a new ‘buddy’ initiative aimed at supporting the next wave of talented players in the Home of Golf.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:01 am
Stephen Gallacher in European Tour action in Turkey (Pic by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The exciting one-to-one support system has been devised by the Stephen Gallacher Foundation in tandem with Bounce Sport Management.

It involves a professional taking an amateur under their wing, playing the occasional game together and always being on hand to offer advice.

The initiative, which is being overseen by four-time European Tour winner Gallacher, has seen Scottish No 1 Bob MacIntyre paired with fellow left-hander, Cameron Adam.

It means Cameron, who is heading to Northwestern University in Illinois later this year, can contact Bob whenever he is needing any help about his career.The same goes for some of Scotland’s other rising stars, both boys and girls, as a result of young pros wanting to play their part in the development of the next generation.

Grant Forrest has taken Ruben Lindsay under his wing, Calum Hill is mentoring Gregor Graham and Liam Johnston has linked up with Connor Wilson.Cameron, Ruben and Connor are all Stephen Gallacher Foundation ambassadors while Gregor won the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy last year.

Girl ambassadors Grace Crawford, Katie Graham and Carys Irvine are also involved in the initiative, as is Megan Docherty, winner of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Vase in 2020.Kelsey Macdonald will act as Grace’s ‘buddy’, Kylie Henry has taken Katie under her wing and Megan is being helped by Rachael McQueen.Carys Irvine, meanwhile, has been handed an open line to Iona Stephen, a former Ladies European Tour player who now hosts the international TV programme, Golfing World, and also presents and commentates for Sky Sports Golf.

Gallacher said: “I am always on hand for advice, but I can’t thank all the young pros enough for stepping in to buddy the boys and girls one to one as their recent experiences of what they are about to go through will be invaluable.”