Golf: Taylor shortlisted for women in sport award

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The driving force behind Prestonfield doing its bit to make golf popular again with youngsters is in with a chance of winning a second national award.

Last year, Liz Taylor was named as the RBS Volunteer of the Year at the Scottish Golf Awards for her work with juniors at the Capital club.

Now she’s been shortlisted in the Scottish Women in Sport Awards 2015, meaning she could be crowned the SSE People’s Champion at a gala dinner in Glasgow later this month.

“It is fantastic to be nominated and recognised for the work,” said Taylor, who became Prestonfield’s clubgolf co-ordinator in 2013 and has seen the junior section membership rise from single figures to close to 200.

She added: “It is not just about what we have achieved with children either, we’re getting women involved, too. They’re seeing there’s more to golf than 18 holes, that they can come along for 9 or 12 holes, and then socialise afterwards.

“There’s a culture change in golf, and after taking a bit of a back seat for a few years behind other sports, it is now back in the mix with the work people have been putting in behind the scenes.

“The emphasis is definitely shifting, families are now getting involved, and we need to continue working and do more.”