Junior golf in Peebles flagged up at national awards

Professional golfers Richie Ramsay (far left) and Scott Jamieson (far right), who presented the  RBS Junior Club of the Year award to (left to right) Gavin Carruthers, Ross Duncan, and Graham Lowther of Peebles Golf Club at the Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh.
Professional golfers Richie Ramsay (far left) and Scott Jamieson (far right), who presented the RBS Junior Club of the Year award to (left to right) Gavin Carruthers, Ross Duncan, and Graham Lowther of Peebles Golf Club at the Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh.
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A Borders club was among the stars of the game being honoured at the glittering 2015 Scottish Golf Awards in Edinburgh.

Peebles Golf Club was crowned RBS Junior Club of the Year for its work in developing junior golf within the local community.

The Tweeddale club beat off stiff competition from Gairloch, Ratho Park and Rothes to win the award and the £1,500 first prize from RBS, sponsors of the national junior golf programme, ClubGolf.

Vice-captain Graham Lowther was one of the Peebles club members who rubbed shoulders with stars of sport such as Sam Torrance, Bernard Gallacher and Gregor Townsend, who joined more than 600 people at the event.

After collecting the award on behalf of his club, Graham said: “I honestly cannot tell you how much it means to win this year, for the kids, the club, and the Borders.

“Thanks go to our volunteer coaches as well as ClubGolf Regional Manager Lesley Nicholson.”

Peebles Golf Club has grown its junior section over two years and now boasts 114 junior members. Their fundraising work received particular praise from ClubGolf.

The biggest contribution last year was the proceeds from the hugely successful ‘Odd Shaped Ball’ held in the clubhouse jointly with Peebles Football and Rugby clubs which raised £3,300.

Nominations for the RBS Junior Club of the Year were invited from the 330 ClubGolf affiliated clubs and facilities across Scotland.