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Gallacher to support next generation
RYDER CUP winner Stephen Gallacher is to lend his expertise to Scottish Golf in a new Performance role, writes Ed Hodge. Gallacher, a three-time champion on the European Tour and a member of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014, has joined Scottish Golf’s Performance Committee as he seeks to help guide the nation’s leading amateurs with valuable support and advice.

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"Voice of Golf" gets Blairgowrie honour
GOLF commentator and former Ryder Cup player Peter Alliss has been presented with honorary membership of the Blairgowrie Golf Club. The BBC’s ‘Voice of Golf’ was presented with the accolade in St Andrews ahead of the RICOH Women’s British Open, taking place at nearby Kingsbarns Golf Links. Blairgowrie captain Brian Wesencraft and managing secretary Steven Morgan seized the opportunity to present Alliss with the honour, above, which was approved by members at the club’s annual meeting, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Lansdowne championship course, designed by Alliss in collaboration with the late Dave Thomas. “The club recently ran an Alliss Trophy event to commemorate their partnership and we were delighted to present Peter and his wife Jackie with a charitable donation,” explained Wesencraft.

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Official Aberdeen is most affordable Scottish city for golf club memberships
ABERDEEN is the second most affordable city in the UK for golf club memberships, according to a new study - with Edinburgh a close third A GolfSupport.com survey of 560 residents in 18 towns and cities across the country compared the average cost of a golf club membership in those areas with the average weekly wages for residents in those areas, using information from the Office of National Statistics. It found that golf clubs in Newcastle-upon-Tyne are the most affordable for local residents, requiring them to work just 41 hours and 36 minutes to be able to afford a membership.

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Schools urged to go with Golphin
Schools looking to add golf to their curriculum are being advised to contact Golphin. Having already revolutionised the equipment marketplace with their high quality junior golf clubs, the Scottish brand is turning its focus to increasing the number of children playing the game. Its Pathway Junior Development Programme is proving to be immensely popular with golf clubs across the country. West Kilbride GC is one of several clubs to have seen significant benefits since implementing it. However, Golphin is not just determined to try to help clubs bolster their junior sections – the Irvine-based company also trying to grow the game in schools.

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Higson thrilled to win on home soil
A GLENEAGLES golf professional, with aspirations of becoming a tour player, took the individual title at the second Gleneagles International Pro-Am. Tom Higson, a professional golfer who has worked in the hotel’s Dormy Clubhouse since 2014 while studying for his PGA qualification, romped to an emphatic nine-shot victory over fellow Gleneagles pro Calum Lawson. “I’ve won pro-ams all over the globe, from America to Asia,” said 29-year-old Higson, “but winning on home turf at Gleneagles made this victory particularly special. “The condition of the courses and the competition atmosphere are fantastic. There’s no other venue in the world that offers the whole package – the world-class facilities, luxury accommodation and five-star hospitality.”

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Broadhurst: "I love links golf!"
Paul Broadhurst secured the Scottish Senior Open title for a second time with a three-stroke victory at Renaissance Club. The Englishman, who won the title on his European Senior Tour debut in 2015, opened with a 66 before adding a pair of 67s to finish three shots ahead of Australia’s Mike Harwood. The winner of the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie last year, this is Broadhurst’s third victory on Scottish soil in four events. “I love links golf,” said Broadhurst. “I’ve had some serious practice in the wind over the last few weeks at The Open and Senior Open. I’ve mastered the knock-down shot and that was key this week. I hit some really close irons into strong winds; that was the key to the win. It’s great to win this event again; this trophy really means a lot to me”

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