Young Deeside golfers to compete in Spain

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Deeside boys, winners of the Aberdeen and District Junior League Pennant last summer, will represent Scotland along with Craigielaw in the Junior Team Home Nations Inter-club championship at Antequera Golf Club, Andalucia on Spain’s Costa del Sol March 29 to April 3, writes Colin Farquharson.

Ireland, England and Wales will also have two club teams representing each of them in the match-play tournament.

The team consists of: Lewis Anderson (Cults Academy) Handicap 4, Sean Hassard (Westhill Academy) Handicap 8, Jamie Pryde (Cults Academy) Handicap 3, Calum Sutherland (Cults Academy) Handicap 6, Craig Lawrie (Robert Gordon’s College), Benjamin Henderson (Cults Academy). Handicap 6.

It will be a multi-sponsored trip with Deeside Golf Club paying return flights to Malaga, the Paul Lawrie Foundation giving all six boys shirts and two dozen balls each. Deeside GC director of golf Frank Coutts is also giving boys two shirts each.

Other sponsorships by Munro’s Travel Agency and Deeside members Jim Sutherland and Brian Smith include travel bags and the cost of clubs on the plane there and back.

To “repay” the club, the boys have been jobs around the course, such as finding and digging up plugged balls on the club’s driving range - an amazing 850 balls in the first hour search then another 750 on the second search.

The third is expected to take the total of lost embedded balls from the driving range well over 2,000 mark.

The boys will also be helping in seeding divots on the course.

“It’s the trip of a lifetime for the boys. I wish I was going with them!” said club captain Neil Harper. “The future of Deeside Golf Club lies in its junior section.”

Junior convener Andrew Henderson said: “The club, Frank Coutts, Paul Lawrie and others have been very supportive of the boys.”