North Berwick tees off Stephen Gallacher Foundation kids events

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Now in its third season, the Stephen Gallacher Foundation goes from strength to strength.

The first of its flag/stroke-play events for 2014 takes place at North Berwick Children’s Course this Sunday.

A total of 20 events are on the schedule, the majority in the Lothians but a couple in the Borders, too.

“The stroke-play events will be over either a nine-hole or 18-hole course depending upon the venue,” said Foundation manager Scott Knowles.

“The course will be slightly shorter than a normal course, around 2300 yards for nine holes and 4600 yards for 18 holes.

“They will all be held under R&A rules and caddies are only allowed for the under 10s. Adults should refrain from giving advice to the children on the golf course.”

To qualify, players have to complete a flag event in 36 shots or less. For girls only, they are also open to players 14 or over on January 1, 2014.

Full dates: April 20 North Berwick (9 holes); April 27 Stuart Hutchison Trophy, Swanston (9 holes); May 4 Gogarburn (9 holes); May 11 Melrose (9 holes); June 6 Haddington (9 holes); June 8 Broomieknowe (TBA); June 15 Peebles (TBA); June 22 Castle Park (18 holes); June 29 Wee Braids (9 holes); July 13 Kingsknowe (18 holes); July 21 Dundas Parks (9 holes); July 27 Portobello (9 holes); Aug 3 Old Musselburgh (9 holes); Aug 10 Turnhouse (18 holes); Aug 17 Craigmillar Park (18 holes); Aug 24 Baberton (18 holes); Aug 31 Pumpherston (18 holes); Sep 5 Winterfield (9 holes); Sep 7 Hermitage (9 holes); Sept 13 Finals Day, Kingsfield.

• SWANSTON NEW and Pumpherston welcomed golfers from Scotland, England and Germany as they hosted Scottish Disability Golf’s Spring Meeting.

The two-day event also involved a clinic at Houston Golf Centre in West Lothian and Stevie Cunningham, the vice chair of the charity said: “Early indications of form are promising and this will help out later in the year when we select Team Scotland, for the Auld Enemies Cup down in London.

“We had a great if somewhat wet time in Edinburgh, but we would like to thank everyone at Pumpherston and Swanston for their generosity and support.”

• EAST LOTHIAN emerged as worthy winners of this year’s Cuthbertson Cup, a girls’ team event that also involves Midlothian, Fife, and Stirling & Clackmannan.

Led by North Berwick’s Clara Young, East Lothian won both their matches 4-0 at Broomieknowe – against Midlothian in the semi-final then Stirling & Clackmannan in the final.

Young had a hole-in-one at the 11th in the title decider as Midlothian beat Fife in the play-off for third.

• GAVIN HASTINGS is swinging into action in Spain next month to support Help for Heroes.

The former Scotland and British Lions captain heads a list of star names from the rugby world taking part in the 2014 QBE Golf Classic at La Manga.

Hastings, who plays off five at Gullane, will face stiff competition from a star-studded field at the fund-raising event, which is organised by Rugby’s Golf Club.

• CAPITAL golfers are being offered a “one-off” chance to play at The Renaissance Club, which is in the running to stage the Scottish Open.

The East Lothian venue, with its Tom Doak-designed championship course and multi-million pound clubhouse, by Dirleton, is one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs.

But its doors are being opened to golf enthusiasts thanks to a “One Time Experience” offer, the cost of which is £250.