Kirriemuir Golf Club was the venue for the Angus County Junior Championship last week, with the best young players in the County meeting up for three days of matches.
On Monday the qualifying competition was over two rounds, with the leading 16 from a large field of the best youngsters in the area progressing to the match play rounds held on Wednesday and Thursday.
The strength of junior golf at the home club was highlighted by three of the 16 qualifiers for the knockout rounds being Kirriemuir members, using their skill and local knowledge to good advantage.
The winner of the event was Gavin Petrie of Forfar Golf Club, who just managed to edge out local favourite Ross Dallas by one hole in a closely fought final.
An obviously disappointed Ross gave his opponent full credit for his victory, and also highlighted the quality of competition that had tested the consistency of all those involved in the last four rounds.
All golfers know how hard it is to keep their game good enough over a period of time to maintain a challenge, and for golfers of such young age to be involved in competitions like this must stand them in good stead in later years.
Kirriemuir Golf Club administrator Charlie Gowrie was able to see at close hand the ability of many of the young golfers of the area, and was very impressed with the overall levels of skill demonstrated.
Charlie hoped that a large number of those players involved would continue their commitment to the game, and in future years ensure that the senior game in the area benefited from such good players being around to encourage others.
He suggested that if a small country like Ireland could have the success they have at professional level, then perhaps a county like Angus could aim high.
The Kirriemuir juniors who were involved were a credit to the club, and a lot of the credit for this must go to club professional Karyn Dallas, who has always had an interest in coaching juniors, and is well known for her ability to improve and advise on golf skills at all levels, from beginner (young or old) to players of international standard.
Karyn is hopeful that some of the juniors currently playing at Kirriemuir will go on to enjoy their golf, at whatever level they find suits them. “Imagine the thrill of seeing the name of Kirriemuir Golf Club associated with a successful national or international golfer”, said Karyn.
As usual the quality of the course at Kirriemuir was commented on by many of the visitors during the week, and it is a real credit to Jim McCormack and his staff that despite the weather since last November always presenting a challenge they have risen to the challenge and presented a course that is a really enjoyable test for all levels of golfer.
The greens have been described as some of the best in the area, so the juniors would have enjoyed playing them, even if they found them tricky.
With an excellent golf course and the high level of attention paid to clubhouse catering and service, Kirriemuir Golf Club was pleased to be the venue for this competition and looks forward to welcoming many other visitors or new members over the rest of the season.
As from August 1 memberships are available at significant discounts for the rest of the year and plans are in hand for an open day later in the playing season, to build on the successful season so far, and show many golfers the facilities on offer.