Thursday, December 17, 2009

North-east District Golf Association secretary George Young, double Scottish champion David Law with the Civic Plaque, district committee member Jim Hunter, who is also a town councillor, and Gordon Murray, vice-president of the Scottish Golf Union. Image by Cal Carson Golf Agency. Click on it to enlarge.

The young champion himself. David Law with the plaque and the two Scottish championship trophies (boys on left, men's on right) he won in 2009. in the Bon Accord Room of the Aberdeen Town House today.


Double Scottish golf champion David Law has not been able to hit a ball since he was beaten up in the early hours of a November morning just off Aberdeen's Union Street.
The 18-year-old revealed at today's Aberdeen Civic Luncheon in the Town House, where he was the guest of honour, that the injury to his left hand received in the unprovoked assault has proved more serious than was first suspected.
"I did try to do a little chipping but it was hopeless. I couldn't grip the club for the pain in my left hand from the little finger down the way," said David after receiving a plaque from Lord Provost Peter Stephen to mark his historic golfing double in 2009.
The Hazlehead Golf Club member won the Scottish boys' match-play championship over Royal Aberdeen's links in early April and then, on August 1, he captured the Scottish men's amateur championship at Royal Troon's links after a memorable week of match-play victories over the best players in the country.
"My first big event of 2010 is the Jones Cup in the United States in late January. I've been getting treatment from Karen at the Scottish Sports Institute and I'm hoping that I will be able to start playing again by the middle of next month so that I can get into some sort of shape for the trip to America," he said.
"It's the longest break I've had from golf since I started playing. I suppose if there ever was a good time to have it, then this is it but it's so boring and frustrating to be sitting at home doing nothing."
Law confirmed that he sees himself spending another two years as a full-time amateur golfer. His target is to gain selection for the Great Britain & Ireland team for the 2011 Walker Cup match against the United States to be played over the Balgownie links where he won the national boys' title nine months ago.
"That would be a nice way to end my amateur golf career and turn professional."
In his speech Lord Provost Stephen paid tribute to Law's historic sporting achievement while still a teenager and a member of a muncipal golf club (Hazlehead).
+Among the guests at the Civic Luncheon were David's mum and dad, Teresa and Dave, his brothers Chris and Daniel and sister Josephine, uncle and aunt Gerald and Ann Kelly, as well as North-east District Association officials George Young (secretary), Jim Hunter (who is also a town councillor) and Gordon Murray, vice-president of the Scottish Golf Union.
+David Law's coach Neil Marr was also in attendance and David specifically thanked him for his input without which "none of the good things of 2009 might have happened for me."



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