A BEARSDEN goLFING starlet has been accepted into the Scottish Golf Union Academy and looks set for a bright future in the sport.
Aran Sinclair (14) has been a member of Bearsden Golf Club for the past five years and was recommended to the Union by Bob Collinson, head coach at Dunbartonshire Golf Union - the county area which Aran represents.
Reacting to the news the young golfer said: “It was fantastic. It’s great to know that all the hard work has paid off. I’ve been working on my golf all season.
“I did a trial during the summer in Stirling and then went to a National Identification Day at St Andrews.”
Mr Collinson said: “He is unusual in that he is our first left hander player. Generally they are harder to teach, but Aran has really come on.
“I would say one of his biggest strengths is his concentration.
“He really works very very hard and is not one of those boys that is work shy. He has really come through.”
The Kelvinside Academy pupil, who is sponsored by Brian Halley of SLANJ who supply his golf clothing, currently plays off a handicap of six, and was one of only a dozen youngsters chosen out of hundreds who applied to the SGU Academy to be accepted.
Mr Collinson reckons Aran’s attitude to golf, talent and potential is what stood out in his selection, adding: “I would like think that by the time he is 16 his handicap will be scratch.
“He really is putting the work in and hopefully he will take part in the Scottish Boys Championship in April next year.”
His dad Shahid said: “He has worked very hard to achieve this and shown great determination to be one of the boys chosen from the hundred’s of talented youngsters who were nominated by club or county.”
Recently Aran was part of the four person team who came third overall, with Aran having the lowest gross score at the BUPA care homes sponsored Bearsden Golf Club Gala Day.
Since his selection Aran has also qualified for the Highland Springs Junior Masters Grand Final.
It takes place at Gleneagles on October 7.