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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fingers crossed for Under-14s' championship

at North Berwick's Glen course tomorrow

Friday's Scottish boys and girls' Under-14 stroke-play championship, in association with the Loretto School Golf Academy, is still scheduled to go ahead, despite the abandonment of the Scottish Under-16 boys' tournament over the same course at the Glen Golf Club, North Berwick today.
Scotland’s youngest age group golf event has attracted a strong field with over 100 hopefuls, 84 boys and 28 girls hoping to angle for their first national title.
With the absence of last year’s winners, Woburn’s Harry Whittle and Kilmacolm’s Eilidh Briggs, in the line up, the contest looks wide open for the 18-hole championship. However, last year’s winner of the Paul Gibson Trophy for the leading Under-12 player, Ewan Scott (St Andrews),will hope to move up a gear this year to take a title in the next age level.
Other likely contenders for the crown are Ross Dallas (Kirriemuir Players), son of former Ladies European Tour player and Kirriemuir club pro Karyn Dallas, while another player from strong golfing heritage - Paul Reilly – son of the PGA pro at Lochwinnoch Golf Club – will also test his mettle in the open event.
Balmore’s Jack McKenna – younger sibling of Fraser McKenna, a member of the Under-18 national B squad will be keen to follow in his brother’s footsteps and take the opportunity to make a name for himself among the junior ranks.
Former winners of the title who include - Peter McLachlan (2001) who went on to win the Scottish Youths title in 2005 and Paul McPhee (2006), who will be Scotland's boy representative at the R&A Junior Open at Hesketh next week - illustrate the calibre of players that enter this tournament.
With one of the lowest handicap ballots in the event’s recent history, the players will have to be at the top of their game to contest the championship silverware in what looks set to be testing weather conditions.
The Loretto School Golf Academy is now in its fifth year of sponsorship and have agreed to continue their support of the national showcase event through to 2009. The association with the Golf Academy at Loretto as one of the UK’s best independent golfing schools has been hugely positive, as the national event continues to go from strength to strength.

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