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Star trio fly the flag for ClubGolf @ the Castle

May 13, 2013

Children from Allan's Primary School laid siege to Stirling Castle to help ClubGolf ambassadors Pamela Pretswell, Kelsey MacDonald and Jack McDonald launch ClubGolf @ the Castle, part of this summer's exciting ClubGolf Festival.

ClubGolf @ the Castle will take place during the week of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart (July 10-14), teeing off with The Big Chipping Challenge on Wednesday of tournament week. It will follow the second staging of ClubGolf Camps, running at 82 clubs and facilities throughout Scotland from the start of July.

ClubGolf is looking for over 500 young people to be part of this fun and exciting event, which will raise the curtain on a wide programme of activities provided for budding golf fans during the tournament.

A similar event last year attracted a visit from the likes of Scottish golfing luminaries Martin Laird and Colin Montgomerie, as well as First Minister Alex Salmond, with several notable figures being invited to attend this time around.

Kelsey, of Nairn, helped launch ClubGolf @ the Castle in her first role as a newly-turned professional, and is excited by the prospect of seeing so many young people introduced to the sport close to where she cut her own golfing teeth.

She said: "ClubGolf @ the Castle looks set to be an amazing chance for kids to get involved in golf during one of European golf's biggest events.

"The Big Chipping Challenge will introduce golf in a really fun and exciting way, and I would have loved to have been able to do something like that so close to home when I was a junior.

"Not only that but, with so many awesome things planned within the ClubGolf Activity Zone and some of the world's best golfers on display, the Scottish Open is the perfect day out for all of the family."

On the day, youngsters will parade from the ClubGolf Zone in the Castle Stuart tented village to the mass participation area, led by a bagpiper clad in traditional Highland dress. They will then take part in The Big Chipping Challenge, representing one of over 60 teams.

Afterwards, the children will have the opportunity to watch on as Europe's leading golf stars prepare for one of the year's most prestigious titles, accompanied by a parent, club official or teacher.

Within the ClubGolf Activity Zone, children will also be offered to try their hand at a number of golfing challenges and tuition, designed to enhance their Castle Stuart experience.

After attending the successful first staging of ClubGolf @ the Castle last year, First Minister Alex Salmond is again backing ClubGolf's big summer programme.

He said: "Having seen so many young people take part in ClubGolf @ the Castle last year, I am delighted that the event is returning to be part of the programme for this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

"ClubGolf is doing some fantastic work getting our young people involved in golf by giving them the opportunity to experience the game in a fun and exciting environment. Since its inception, almost 220,000 children have been able to lift a club for the first time, with hundreds of clubs all across the country now signed up to support the ClubGolf coaching programme. 

"This coaching programme is boosted by exciting events, such as ClubGolf @ the Castle, which will give hundreds of young people the chance to experience the atmosphere of a huge sporting tournament, rubbing shoulders with some golfing heroes while also trying their hand at fun activities, such as The Big Chipping Challenge."  

ClubGolf Manager Jackie Davidson expressed her delighted at being able to offer so many children the opportunity to play a part in the week's events.

"After the success of ClubGolf @ the Castle in 2012, we are very excited to announce we'll be returning this year with another massive golf challenge for hundreds of young people.

"We're sure that, with the setting of Castle Stuart and some of the biggest names in world golf in attendance, that we can inspire many of the children set to attend to participate in the game of golf, which, as Scotland's national junior programme, is our ultimate goal.

"With all of the many additional activities we will be providing, the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is shaping up to be a fantastic week for junior golf."

To register your child to take part in The Big Chipping Challenge, log-on to

Young people within the Highland and Grampian regions have the opportunity to book their place on one of a number of free shuttle buses heading to Castle Stuart on a first come, first serve basis. All details about travelling to the venue are provided during the registration process.

ClubGolf is also offering a free ticket for the Wednesday practice day for each parent who brings two or more children to Castle Stuart for The Big Chipping Challenge (Terms & Conditions apply).

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