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Carnoustie tees up ambitious golf project

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Carnoustie coaching team: Sean Fay, Rebecca Tully, Keir McNicoll (contributed)

Carnoustie Golf Links is hoping to tap into the feel-good factor ahead of next year’s Open Championship to become the leading junior golf academy in Scotland.

Led by new senior PGA assistant Keir McNicoll, the renowned Angus facility has taken successful early steps in implementing a new junior coaching programme aligned to ClubGolf.

Carnoustie Golf Links is investing 600 hours of free coaching with the PGA professional team, including Keir, Sean Fay and Rebecca Tully, to drive the project forward. They will deliver the ClubGolf programme while 100% of the cost of junior memberships will be paid to local clubs to support the transition.

The ambitious project comes with The Open rolling into town in 2018 and set to create a sense of anticipation with locals of all ages.

“We looked to Scottish Golf for support and advice in planning and felt getting involved with ClubGolf was the best way to grow our junior numbers,” explained Keir, who has been working closely with Iain Evans, Regional Development Officer.

“At my former club Gullane we were a ClubGolf facility and I thought it was a great way to get children involved. Carnoustie has made a pledge to junior golf and wants people in the town to be involved in it as much as they can.”

According to their website, Keir and his team want Carnoustie “to be the best junior academy in Scotland and will do everything we can to make it that way” and he added: “we’re trying to reinvigorate things a little as a team, get back into the schools in the winter and try to get the children down to the course from April – October.”

All group coaching is free of charge and is open to any junior who meets any one of the following criteria: Season ticket holder of Carnoustie Golf Links; attends any primary school that acts as a feeder school to Carnoustie High School; attends Carnoustie High School.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won The Open the last time it was played at Carnoustie in 2007, with Aberdonian Paul Lawrie capturing his first Major there in 1999.

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