Junior golf in South Ayrshire received a boost last week with the presentation of a cheque for £8651 at the launch of the South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club at Belleisle House Hotel on Sunday 29th March.
The funding was secured by council officials in an agreement with Leisurecorp, the new owners of the Turnberry Hotel and golf courses, as part of the recent visit by councillors and council officers to the Dubai Desert Classic to promote golf in South Ayrshire. Michael Padden, representing Turnberry owners Leisurecorp, handed over the cheque to SAJGC Chairman Tom Watt.
A charity golf event is played each year in conjunction with the Dubai Desert Classic, with proceeds going towards the development of junior golf in Dubai, but on this occasion it was agreed that the proceeds would be split between the Dubai programme and the newly formed South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club.
The donation is a massive boost to the South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club, complementing the support already received by local sponsors Alistair Fleming Car Sales and The Abbotsford Hotel.
South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan hosted a civic reception for young golfers and their parents who attended the launch, having been introduced to the game of golf through the national Clubgolf initiative in schools.
During the reception Provost Sloan presented a trophy to Club Chairman, Tom Watt, on behalf of South Ayrshire Council
The South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club was established in 2007 due to the high numbers of young golfers living or attending school in South Ayrshire and participating in the 'clubgolf' programme initiated by the Scottish Parliment and Sport Scotland in conjunction with the SLGA and the SGU.
With many of the local clubs junior sections unable to accept new members at present the South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club is considered an ideal solution, ensuring young golfers are not lost to the sport, but by using South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club as a holding club untill vacancies are available within individual clubs the members can gain their handicap, progress their game and learn about the rules of golf and course etiquette.
Membership of the South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club is open to all individuals who are resident or attend school within South Ayrshire and are aged between 8 and over and under 18 at the 1st of January of the year during which person would wish to be a member.
A full programme of competitions has been established this year, with reduced green fees for SAJGC members to compete in competitions and a modest entry fee of £ 1 per competition.
Initial membership costs £10, payable when submitting an application form. Further details of the South Ayrshire Junior Golf Club are available on the club website.