Thursday, May 30, 2019



STRATHMORE Golf Centre is rolling out the welcome mat to more than 100 youngsters for the 2019 Blackadders Barrie Douglas Foundation Scottish Junior Masters.
The three-day championship, which gets under way on Friday at the course near Alyth, is aimed at the top U18 and U16 players and features 25 girls this year.
“There is another fantastic turn-out. Entries are up on last year and it’s great to be welcoming girls this year,” said Foundation trustee and national boys coach Spencer Henderson, who enjoys a role at the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.
“The inaugural event produced some top quality golf at Blairgowrie and we are anticipating the same again at Strathmore, which is in great condition.”
The par 72 Rannaleroch course designed by John Salvesen offers generous parkland fairways and rolling greens which can make reading putts tricky.
“The all-round facilities are superb,” said Spencer. “We aim to create a welcoming atmosphere for the players and their supporters, with a Saturday night clubhouse carvery generously backed by the team at Carbon Financial.”
David Norman, director of operations at Strathmore has a track record of supporting youth development.
He said: “We are proud to host the Blackadders Barrie Douglas Foundation Scottish Junior Masters for the first time.
“I’m sure it will prove to be a major career stepping stone for many of the talented young golfers taking part over the three days of competition.”
Douglas Sneddon, a partner with sponsors Tayside law firm Blackadders, said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of this prestigious tournament. Barrie was a great supporter of youth golf in Scotland and this tournament is a fine tribute to him.”
The trustees have teamed-up with Foundations created by top Scots professionals Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher for “The Race to the Machrie.”
Leading boys and girls will qualify for an end of season event teed-up at the famous Islay links re-modelled by designer DJ Russell and enjoy luxurious accommodation at the refurbished hotel.
*The Foundation was created in honour of long-time servant to Scottish Golf and R and A selector Barrie Douglas, who passed away after taking ill while captaining the Scottish boys at the European Team Championships in Spain.


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