Carnoustie pupil wins two titles at St Andrews
Carnoustie High School pupil Claire Robertson took home double honours at this year’s Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge. The fourth year student won the Senior Girls title with a net score of 74 while her actual score of 78 landed her the overall scratch prize in the competition that was played over the Kittocks Course at The Fairmont, St Andrews.
A member of Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club, Robertson spent last year playing with the Scottish under-16 girls squad, and said after her round: “I was really happy with how I played and especially delighted with the eagle on the par-5 15th. The course was in good condition and the greens were great, all of which contributed to my scoring.”
After winning the Junior Girls title in the same competition last year, Robertson reduced her handicap by three shots. She added: “Playing with the Scotland squad, with lots of extra training over the winter months, has been really beneficial in improving my game.”
Elsewhere, the Senior Boys category was won by Josh Norrie, a sixth year pupil at Dundee’s Braeview High School, as he shot a net score of 76. The Junior Boys title was won by Jack Lockhart of Dunfermline High School with a net score of 79 while Arbroath High School pupil Rachel Shepherd took the Junior Girls title.
As part of their prize the winners were invited, together with their parents and a school representative, to attend an exclusive golf clinic given by internationally renowned golf coach Robert Baker.
Baker said: “The Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge is a superb competition which promotes and encourages golf amongst you people in the local area. Getting the right direction and coaching early enough in their golf career can really help these young golfers develop their game and potentially enable them to compete at the highest level.”