Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Sixteen golfing youngsters from around Scotland were given a dream call-up to play alongside 2014 Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley in a unique challenge at Gleneagles.

 The keen young golfers, all of whom are part of the Scottish Golf Development Centre programme, were selected to represent their regions over the PGA Centenary Course on 23 September to mark one year to go until the 40th Ryder Cup Match.

Douglas Park's Junior Alex Mennie  was one of those young players selected  as was Strathaven's Mollie Richmond
Tom Watson and Alex Mennie
Tom lines up the putt for Alex
High Fives !!

 There was an early high-five for Douglas Park's Alex Mennie, who takes part in the  Development Centre coaching under Club Golf Scotland at World of Golf in Clydebank.
 She teed off in front of a huge crowd on the first hole but held herself together with a few nerve-calming tips from her captain Tom Watson, even going on to hole a very tricky putt, indeed.

 "It was amazing. It was definitely one of the best experience of my life. I will never experience anything like this again.

 "It was actually okay being off the first tee. Tom Watson was very calming and taught me how to deal with nerves by taking deep breaths, so he was really good. I’m usually quite a nervous person but he showed me how to deal with them, which was great, so I wasn’t nervous at all. I just thought, everyone is here to watch you, so just enjoy the moment.

 "The putt that I sunk was one of the best that I have holed to date. They weren’t going in on the practice green, so to hole it in front of everyone was great."

All 8 boys and 8 girls with Paul McGinlay and Tom Watson

Molly Richmond of Strathaven Golf Club also played in the match on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles playing with Ryder Cup Captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson
Eight girls and eight boys from all over Scotland played two holes each and Molly was in Captain Watson’s team  
Molly was also interviewed by Dougie Donnelly and listed Lanarkshire’s win of the Kennedy Salver as the highlight of her golfing year so far. At the par three tenth hole the girls played in Paul McGinley's team and the boys with Tom Watson in a competition to see who could hit the ball closer to the pin than their respective captains. Molly was one of four girls to beat Paul McGinley winning herself four tickets for the Thursday Practice Day and Opening Ceremony.

Molly with Tom Watson