Turnhouse’s trip to Spain for the Junior Team Home Nations Golf Championship has been hailed as a “success” – both in terms of performance in the event itself and the fund-raising effort in the build-up.
The Scottish champions finished a commendable third at Antequera, near Malaga, where they just missed out in a place in the title shoot-out after wins over Irish side Mallow then Welsh team Aberdare.
Turnhouse fell just half-a-point short of going through to the final at the expense of Wrag Barn from England before claiming third spot on a countback after drawing with Essex club Rochford Hundred.
“It was a great achievement for the boys after such an intense week of play. It has been a true team effort from all eight of the boys and everyone played their part in the success,” declared the club’s dedicated junior co-ordinator Iain Holt, who was in the party accompanying the team.
Captained by Michael Watt, it also included Mark Napier, Jack McVey, Rory Henderson, Leigh Lawson, Eddie McVey, Craig Docherty and Bradley Calder.
They all have handicaps ranging from one to five - but not for too much longer, according to Holt.
“It is an experience they will never forget and will have sharpened up their golf as it was such a difficult course,” he added. “We can look forward to handicaps tumbling over the coming season.”.
Although the organising company covered the cost of the golf and the accommodation, it fell to Turnhouse to get the players there, feed them, and dress them in a way stipulated by Sky Sports who covered the later stages.
“A tremendous figure of just over £7000 was raised in a fairly short time in a huge effort by the parents, junior committee and players but, most importantly, by the unstinting support of the Turnhouse members who came out the woodwork to attend and take part in fund-raising events,” reported Allan Shaw, another club stalwart. “The players themselves raised over £1700 with bag packing at Morrisons at the Gyle and a fun run at Cramond.
“There were also donations from individual members while we were very fortunate to have been given courtesy fourball offers at West Linton, Murrayfield, Scotscraig, Archerfield and Turnberry Ailsa which raised over £1300.”