Before he even steps on to the tee at Gleneagles, Stephen Gallacher is inspiring the next generation of Ryder Cup dreamers at Bathgate.
“We’ve got a very strong junior section and we do a lot of work with the kids,” said Stuart Callan, the PGA pro at the West Lothian club.
“But to have someone like Stephen as a role model is fantastic and the fact he’s at the top table in golf now just adds to that.”
Joe Bryce is one of the club’s rising stars, having been picked for Scotland Boys this season.
A bit older than him, Louis Gaughan, who works for Callan in the pro shop, has also had a promising year on the Tartan Tour.
For instance, he tied for second up against more experienced campaigners in the P&H Championship at Dundonald Links earlier in the season.
“Stephen has been a huge inspiration to me and there’s been a real buzz among the juniors since he got into the Ryder Cup team,” said Gaughan.
“I’ve always wanted to see how he goes about both practising and playing because it would be great to emulate him one day.
“I’ve had a good season this year and hopefully I can keep improving so that I can get out on my Tour as well.”
According to Callan, Gallacher is the perfect role model for the likes of Bryce and Gaughan, both in terms of the way he plays and also how he conducts himself.
“I’ve known Stephen since he was a boy and he has certainly been fantastic for this club and Scottish golf in general,” said the Bathgate pro. “He has developed into a professional professional, so to speak.
“I remember us playing together in The Courier Trophy.
“He’d be about 14 and I was 23. Even at that stage, he was a really good player and he soon started to show that at international level, too.
“I’ve followed his career all the way through, and it’s amazing that he’s added to the club’s Ryder Cup history by following in the footsteps of his uncle Bernard and Eric Brown.”