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Kids set to play with Ryder Cup captains

October 23, 2013

Sixteen golfing youngsters from around Scotland have been given a dream call-up to play alongside 2014 Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley in a unique challenge at Gleneagles.

The keen young golfers, all of whom are part of the Scottish Golf Development Centre programme, have been selected to represent their regions over the PGA Centenary Course on 23 September to mark one year to go until the 40 th Ryder Cup Match.

The vast majority of the children, with ages ranging from 13-17, developed their skills through ClubGolf before graduating to the Scottish Golf Development Centre, where some of the country's most promising youngsters receive coaching from top PGA professionals.

On the day, two children from each of the eight Development Centre regions will help to make up either 'Team Watson' or 'Team McGinley' and will compete over one hole, playing alongside their captain.

An individual competition will then pit the eight girls and eight boys against the captains for a 'Nearest-the-Pin' contest at the par-3 tenth, with some incredible prizes on offer for those successfully beating the professionals.

The event will take place during a two-day captains' visit to Perthshire and will be compered by renowned Scottish sports broadcaster Dougie Donnelly.

ClubGolf Manager Jackie Davidson is delighted that these aspiring young golfers will be given the chance to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

She said: "The 2014 Ryder Cup has created some incredible opportunities for children in Scotland, not least the thousands upon thousands who have been introduced to golf through ClubGolf and are now benefitting from the introduction of Development Centres.

"Playing with Paul McGinley and Tom Watson will provide and unforgettable experience for these 16 youngsters, and I'm sure it will inspire them to work even harder at their golf and continue to be actively involved in the game.

"Development Centres provide a superb platform for keen young golfers to improve and become better players. With even more clubs coming on board in the coming weeks as part of the next phase of the programme, we would encourage children from all over Scotland to sign-up now."

The Development Centre programme began in 2012 to provide coaching opportunities for children who have progressed from the early stages of ClubGolf. After getting their handicaps, kids between the ages of 11-17 can gain a position at their local Development Centre and receive 40 hours of quality coaching for just £160. 

This includes 30 hours of practical tuition on all areas of the game, with a further 10 hours dedicated to various non-technical aspects, including course management, fitness, practice techniques and competition preparation.

Sessions begin at 32 Scottish clubs this autumn and, with an extended deadline of October 31, there is ample opportunity for kids to sign-up.

To submit a self-nomination form for your local Scottish Golf Development Centre before the deadline, visit

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