Islands juniors win ClubGolf Junior Pro-Am

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A COMBINED Islands team from Orkney and Western Isles won the ClubGolf Junior Pro-Am at Royal Dornoch Golf Club with a score of 9 under par on the famous championship course

Nikki Christie, Assistant professional at Carnustie, accompanied the winning team of Adam Longdon from Stornoway Golf Club and Orcadian’s, Thorfinn Gray from Kirkwall Golf Club and Sam Parkinson of Stromness Golf Club.

Runners-up were the youngest team from Brora GC, Campbell Ross, James Griffiths & Cameron Mackay, playing with Dundonald Links Assistant Professional, Iain McNab.

This was the 8th ClubGolf Pro-Am at Royal Dornoch, giving aspiring Highland juniors from Brora, Dornoch, Kirkwall, Reay, Stornoway and Stromness the unique opportunity to prepare for and play in the tournament with help and advice from an assistant pro.

The day started with the pros taking their teams for a dynamic warm-up followed by a session on the practice range and a skills challenge with each team of three juniors taking on their Pro.

However their total team score counted against the other teams. Nikki Christie and his team from the Islands won this short game skills test as well as the Pro-Am, saying a great deal about the need for a good short game and saving shots.

Stornoway GC junior Adam Longdon said: “I would like to thank ClubGolf for the invitation to play in the Junior Pro-Am at Royal Dornoch and represent the Western Isles and Stornoway Golf Club in an Islander team.

“Royal Dornoch is a great golf course, a lot longer than Stornoway, and I was a bit nervous especially when my name was announced on the first tee. But I did manage a decent drive which took the nerves away.

“Our team of Nikki, me, Sam and Thorfinn played well, although I lost a couple of balls, one in the Dornoch Firth, but we still finished on 9 under.

“Thanks to Willie MacKay and Jackie at ClubGolf for this opportunity, Nikki for his coaching tips and encouragement and my team mates Sam and Thorfinn who I hope to play with or against in the future.”