A TALENTED young golfer will represent Scotland on Sunday when he tees off in a prestigious European tournament he scored a hole in one at last year.
Lewis Reid (13) is tipped for a podium place at the European Junior Masters which is expected to attract up to 400 other juniors from around the globe, including Spain and South Africa, at Gullane Golf Club, East Lothian.
The Milngavie Golf Club member has been gearing up for this competition with a gruelling training programme which includes playing in the Scottish Golf Union’s winter series against adult competitors. He admits this has been a tough learning experience with his handicap going up from 6.4 to 6.9.
The Douglas Academy student said: ”I only heard last week when I was e-mailed by the organisers that they wanted me to tee-off on the first hole for Scotland and I was really pleased to accept this.
“Representing Scotland at this event is a dream come true for me and it would be fantastic if I managed to score another hole in one, but I’m not holding my breath.”
The young golfer, who has been playing golf for four years, came sixth in the Europeans last year.
He is determined to do better this year. If he finishes in the top five he will be eligible for the junior Ryder Cup and travel to America and play at Pinehurst.
His coach Bob Collinson, who teaches the top 10 gifted youngsters from the 24 clubs in Dunbartonshire, said: “I had a look at his game this week and it is coming together at the right time. He is on form at the moment and will give the others a run for their money.”
Gullane Golf Club is a notoriously difficult course to play, reckons Mr Collinson. He said Lewis’ short game is very good which will be a distinct advantage.
He added: “It’s the best I’ve seen. Really really tight. He doesn’t waste many shots around the course and I think the game will be won or lost on the pitching.”