ALISTAIR TAIT of Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club was given the Gallacher Award at the recent Golf Foundation President’s Awards in recognition of the exceptional volunteer work he carried out for his golf club’s junior section.
The awards celebrated some of the heroes of junior golf who have given their time and enthusiasm to provide young golfers with a positive start in the game.
Held In Wentworth Club’s Ballroom, a packed audience from the world of golf heard the stories of nine award winners and their projects, featuring: the volunteers, PGA professionals, junior organisers, schoolteachers and local authority officers who all help to develop the leading players of the future.
The Fortrose man took home the prize having secured funding to develop practice facilities and set out a three-hole mini-course for the younger juniors. He then purchased and fitted mirrors to the storage shed on the practice area as a teaching aid, and painted the three covered bays himself.
“I was certainly surprised - the award just came out of the blue,” Tait told bunkered.co.uk. “I didn’t know I had been nominated.”
He declined to take all the credit for the success of the scheme, though, and said everyone at the club deserved praise for their hard work.
He added: “I was delighted for everybody at the club because we have worked hard to build up a good team of coaches and we’ve increased the numbers of children attending.
“We have become a development centre for golf in the north of Scotland.”