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European Tour golfer takes kids vision to Pitlochry

June 28, 2013

An acclaimed sports foundation that teaches kids discipline and healthy living through golf has chosen Pitlochry for its first venture outside the Lothians.

The Stephen Gallacher Foundation, named after the Walker Cup winner and current European tour golfer, was established to introduce youngsters to the sport.

Gallacher, nephew of former Ryder Cup captain Bernard and cousin of Sky Sports presenter Kirsty, wants to encourage greater youth participation and one day create a Major champion.

Now, in a first for the organisation, the Foundation is stepping outside of its Lothians and Borders home to bring its unique model to Pitlochry Golf Club on July 26 th .

The Foundation has already recorded significant success.

In its first year it listed 1600 kids in events, hosted 20 flag events for young beginners, held 26 Open events and registered 220 players under 12 years old.

The decision to branch out into Highland Perthshire came about when Foundation officials heard of the major developments being undertaken at Pitlochry Golf Club.

The Club has invested in new academy facilities and short game course as part of a Centre of Excellence plan and the aspirations of both parties are the same.

"This is the first time we will have held an event outside of the Lothian and Borders area. As a Foundation, we cannot cover the whole of Scotland but we heard what was being done at Pitlochry Golf Club and our aims are the same- to promote junior golf in Scotland," said Foundation Manager, Scott Knowles.

"We may even look to do this on a more regular basis. Pitlochry officials are building a new short course and we are in the process of doing the same, so our ideas are very much in line with one another."

During the Foundation day, beginners without handicap will enter a 'flag' event consisting of 36 shots on a short course.

Older kids and handicap golfers will play a Junior Open.

"We do not make rules about age. If a player can hit a ball, they can enter. All we ask is that adults accompany the kids in the flag event as it helps us to teach etiquette to the children as well."

The Stephen Gallacher Foundation operates with the assistance of sponsors, patrons and business and private donors.

Those interested in enrolling their child for the Foundation Day at Pitlochry on July 26 th can visit the website and book online for as little as £3.

Alternatively, the Foundation can be contacted on 0131 226 1230.

The event covers U10s to U18s.

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