Young golfer tee-up for Ryder Cup-style competition

The Ryder Cup tees-off at Gleneagles later this month, but before then a special golfing competition is taking place for young golfers from across the district.

The Charlie Green Trophy on Sunday September 21 will see the best golfers from East and West Dunbartonshire play a special Ryder Cup-style golf match, just before the cream of the American circuit prepares to play the best of the Europeans.

The inter-authority event, organised by the Council’s Active Schools teams in each authority, will see rising stars of the fairways compete for this prestigious trophy at Kirkintilloch Golf Club.

A total of 24 school pupils from East and West Dunbartonshire will be hoping they are on course to carry home the trophy.

Last year East Dunbartonshire’s homegrown heroes won the inaugural Charlie Green trophy, 5½-2½ at Dumbarton Golf Club.

This year, 12 young players from each authority will compete against each other in the

matchplay event.

The competition is part of the Legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is being supported by East Dunbartonshire Council and the Leisure and Culture Trust.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at the council, said: “The inaugural Charlie Green Trophy was a tremendous success. It really captured the Ryder Cup spirit with the players and caddies all getting into the swing of the competition.

“I am sure that 2014 will be another above-par event, showcasing sportsmanship, skills and the tremendous fair play for which East Dunbartonshire is known.”

Scott Hill, chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust, said: “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 will be helping to set the scene for the 2014 Ryder Cup - which will see the greatest golfers from the USA and Europe competing in Scotland.

“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.”

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