A close contest as young golfers hit the fairways

Charlie Green Trophy
Charlie Green Trophy

Talented young golfers from East and West Dunbartonshire took part in a special Ryder Cup-style golf match recently.

The rising stars of the fairways competed for the Charlie Green Trophy at Kirkintilloch Golf Club on 21 September - just days before the world’s top golfers teed-off in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles - part of Scotland’s summer of sport.

The inter-authority event, organised by the Active Schools teams in each region, involved school pupils from East and West Dunbartonshire.

The trophy is named after Charlie Green OBE, from Dumbarton, who was one for Scotland’s greatest golfers and is still the country’s most capped player with 63 appearances.

East Dunbartonshire’s homegrown heroes won the inaugural Trophy in 2013, however this time it was West Dunbartonshire who took the spoils after a thrilling comeback.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The sun was shining on the Campsie Fells from the first tee-off until the final putt dropped.

“The conditions provided the perfect platform for some stunning golf and an exciting finish which would have been a fitting end to any major golf tournament.

“Well done to everyone involved for all their hard work - including trust and council employees, golf club staff, volunteers and, of course, the young golfing stars themselves and their supporters.”

Fiona Thom, Active Schools manager at East Dunbartonshire, and Andrew McKay, Active Schools manager for West Dunbartonshire, introduced the event.

It was followed by a presentation highlighting some of Charlie Green’s many achievements in golf - a fitting start to the occasion to help motivate and inspire potential future champions.

Scott Hill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Active Schools and the Trust would like to extend a sincere thank-you to Kirkintilloch Golf Club, the players, caddies, families and supporters who made the day such a success.

“Special recognition goes to Charlie’s wife, Dorothy, who brought a selection of Charlie’s golfing memorabilia along for display and also allowed us to honour Charlie.

“This year has been a fabulous celebration of sport in Scotland - including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

“I am delighted that our young golfing stars helped to set the scene for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“It is vital that we try to maximise the potential of such high-profile events to make a difference at a local level and encourage more young people to be more active, more often.”