Drumpellier Golf Club youngsters will battle it out against some of the best clubs in the UK on Sky Sports after winning the Scottish Junior Team Championship.
The club’s talented golfers claimed glory at Prestwick St Nicholas last month by a massive nine strokes after coming through regional qualifiers and a semi-final.
The successful team – comprising Adam McLean, Lewis Russell, Aiden Paterson, Aidan Reilly, Diarmuid Slavin and Corey Hagan – will now go forward to the UK Junior Home Nations Team final in Lincolnshire in the spring, which will be shown on Sky Sports.
They came third at the event last year, so it is far from the first time the players will have appeared on the small screen. The players have also picked up silverware, both in regional and national competitions in recent years.
But the club’s junior convenor, Kenny McLean, revealed they always get a real high from appearing on television.
He said: “Our members have had incredible success recently. They won the Scottish Junior Team Championship at Prestwick St Nicholas and we now go back to the UK Finals in the spring to represent Scotland.
“We have also won the Lanarkshire League Championship three times out of the last four times it has been played.
“The Scottish Junior Team Championship came about as we played in the one at Montrose. You usually go to Portugal for the UK finals but because of Covid, they held it in North Lincolnshire during the summer.
“The kids came third last year, which is quite good. But the real buzz for them was that an edit of it was made for Sky Sports. They have been on Sky about a dozen times and it was shown last Wednesday night again.”
Drumpellier’s success also extends to their membership numbers, with the club tripling their tally of junior players in the last three years.
McLean took on his role in 2018 and numbers have jumped from around 30 to over 90 under his guidance, and he says Drumpellier has a development path in place to help aspiring young golfers hone their skills.
“I took over as Junior Convener three years ago,” explained McLean. “In that time, we have increased the junior membership from 30, and hardly any of them on the books played. We have now increased up to 90 boys and girls, most of which are keen to play.
"That starts from around the age of eight, all the way up to 18. We help the younger ones get on the course from the practice course. The holes are shorter on the short course - the maximum length of a hole is 170 yards.
“That’s so there is progression before going to the junior tees. The section has been increasing all the time."
While the recent Junior Team victory is great for Drumpellier, McLean insists that the boosting of participation levels ranks among his finest achievements at the club.
“Not everybody can be champions,” added McLean. “If the club is getting people involved in the sport and getting them a bit of physical activity, and most of all having a bit of fun, that is the most pleasing thing.
“Our local professional at the club runs camps for people of all abilities. We have got quite a good system in place and the kids are enthusiastic about playing.
“Golf was fortunate during Covid that it was an outside sport. We were allowed to play. We weren’t hit as badly as some sports, but we are fully back to normal now.”
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