Junior Team Golf Home Nations Championships
Morgado Golf Resort, Portugal
Tuesday 22nd January
The team coach left for Edinburgh Airport, with everyone arriving on time – it can be done! The uneventful journey to the airport took a turn for the worse when the coach couldn’t get out of first gear, but thankfully we arrived on time with any further hitches.
The Wednesday and Thursday allowed the team to acquaint themselves with both the Alamos and the Morgado courses and acclimatise to the warmer weather.
Friday 25th – First day of competition
The first round was against Burhill from England (the eventual winners of the tournament) who had a very strong team, after14 holes the team was ahead in most games but we couldn’t hang on and eventually losing 4.5 to 1.5 – losing 3 matches on the last hole!
The boys were disappointed at the result and headed to the beach for a kick about and a meal.
This down time worked a treat as we beat Builth Wells from Wales in our second match. 5 – 1.
Before the tournament commenced we had spoken about the competition and what we had hoped to do in it, at the very worst we wanted to be in the 3rd & 4th place play-off (if we couldn’t win it) as this was to be shown on Sky TV. We’ll keep you informed when it will be aired.
We were now having to play Rossendale from England with the winners guaranteed a place in the 3rd or 4th place play-off. We still could qualify for the 1st & 2nd place play-off if other results went our way and we beat Rossendale. Unfortunately for us the results in the other matches didn’t go our way but the boys were up for this match and played a great game which saw us win 4.5 to 1.5. We were now playing West Herts from England in the 3rd & 4th place play-off.
Monday 28th – Finals Day
To say the boys were nervous would be an understatement but you can’t blame them when you arrive at the first tee and not only is a crowd watching but Sky TV cameras are right in front of you.
As usual Cameron Gray led us out followed by Ali Kinghorn, Ross Connon, Mathew Clacher, Ryan Bruce & Josh Allardyce. It was a very close game & we played some great golf but unfortunately, we just lost out.4.5 to 1.5.
We had to settle for 4th place. It wasn’t the result we had dreamed of but when you think 1,500 teams from around Britain & Ireland had entered the competition and we finished 4th overall (BUT NO1 IN SCOTLAND) we can be very proud of our Junior Team.
Everyone involved said that the team conducted themselves impeccably and were a credit to the Club. The number of comments about how well dressed, how well behaved and what great sportsmen the team had been made Jon Roberts the Junior Convenor and all the assistants and supporters who travelled with the team very proud indeed.
We can say the team had a trip of a lifetime and we won’t forget it for a very a long time.
A BIG thank you to all members who donated, sponsored and supported us to make the trip possible. You helped make this dream come true.