Duo receive funding for coming season but MacRae, MacDonald and Murray all miss out
SALLY WATSON and Pamela Pretswell are set to continue to benefit from funding from Scottish Golf Support Limited - but their fellow LET pros Heather MacRae, Kelsey MacDonald and Laura Murray have missed out.
Both Watson and Prestwell, in their second and third years of support from SGSL respectively, met the ‘minimum requirements’ of having full playing rights on the European Challenge Tour or Ladies European Tour, being in the early stages of playing professional golf, and having demonstrated a willingness to engage with and maximise the support being offered.
Consequently, each will receive £23,000 in direct support this season, which can be used for winter training costs, competition expenses, coaching and other specialist support provision, based on each individual’s requirements. In return, the players will support SGU, SLGA and ClubGolf activities, such as squad sessions and junior golf clinics.
Announcing the support for the duo, Graeme Simmers, chairman of SGSL, commented: “Having received support in previous years, Pamela and Sally have both maximised the services made available to them through Scottish Golf Support Limited with a fantastic work ethic and commitment to developing their games.”
Pretswell and Watson’s joy at continuing to receive SGSL backing is in stark contrast to the disappointment of MacRae, MacDonald and Murray, all of whom came through Q-School to seal their cards for the LET this season. In a tweet, MacRae expressed her shock at being overlooked, writing: “So, three girls get through tour school yet not one of us merits support from SGSL? Wow! Astounding!”
At the same time as confirming support for Pretswell and Watson, SGSL chairman Simmers also announced a review into the programme and, specifically the way in which the support is ‘allocated and utilised’.
“We are not looking to expand at this time while the review is undertaken later this year,” he added. “Scottish Golf Support Limited support is not the same as sponsorship, in that what has been provided to the players is not simply funding, but the opportunity for players to access a wide range of services which we believe can best enhance their development.”