STEPHEN GALLACHER has urged the Lothians youngsters bidding to follow in his footsteps to make the most of a golden opportunity this weekend to tap into the Ryder Cup player’s golfing knowledge.
Two events – one at Kingsfield on Saturday, the other at Dunbar the following day – will mark the end of another successful season for Gallacher’s flourishing Foundation.
The 40-year-old will be in attendance at both – he’ll be in the Ivor Robson role as starter at Dunbar – before returning to action in the KLM Open next week following a break.
“It is good to reward all the kids that have turned up for events over the year and we try to create something special for them,” he said. “I think there’s 150 taking part in the event at Kingsfield then the one at Dunbar is for the players that have done well in the stroke-play tournaments over the season.”
Among those taking part in the ‘Race to Dunbar’ final in East Lothian are three members of Scotland’s title-winning side in last month’s Boys’ Home Internationals in Wales – Joe Bryce (Bathgate), Kieran Cantley (Liberton) and Chris Curran (Harburn). It’s great to have the likes of Chris, Joe and Kieran there and I’ll certainly be going out to watch them hit some shots,” added Gallacher. “If they want to ask me any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them and I’m also at the end of the phone if they ever feel they need any advice.”
Up for grabs in both events is an excellent overall top prize up – a gold medal, free membership to Kingsfield Golf Club for a year and a card for 500 balls at the Linlithgow facility’s driving range.
“It’s a busy weekend, but one I look forward to,” said Gallacher, who is still hoping to build a nine-hole par-3 course at Kingsfield that would be free of charge for under-12s.
“We just need a bit more funding and we are trying to drum that up,” he said of that project. “We are actively working hard to do it because I think that would be a brilliant addition to golf in Scotland.”