CARNOUSTIE High School produced a dual victory on Sunday at this year’s Alfred Dunhill Schools’ Golf Challenge.
Held over the Kittocks Course at The Fairmont St Andrews, the competition featured a strong field of young golfers representing a number of schools from across Tayside and Fife.
And second year Carnoustie High student Jordan Halley shot a net 68 off a handicap of 18 to take the junior boys’ title, while third year colleague Claire Robertson won the junior girls’ category with a net score of 75.
Boys’ winner Jordan, who lists Rory McIlroy as his favourite golfer, was delighted with his victory.
He said: “I have only really played serious golf for the last year so I’m very happy to win this tournament.
“I love playing golf and if I can get my handicap down as I get older I would love to have a career as either a professional or teaching pro.”
Fourteen-year-old Claire, who has a handicap of seven, has played golf for eight years and is also a member of Carnoustie Golf Club.
She said: “The course was in great condition today and the greens were fast, something I’m used to playing at Carnoustie.
“My dad has been a big influence getting me into the sport. I love everything about the game of golf and have made a lot of friends playing all over Scotland.”
David Hutton, a pupil at Broughty Ferry’s Grove Academy won the senior boys’ competition with a net 74 off a handicap of eight.
He won on a count-back against Owen McManus of Madras College, St Andrews who equalled Hutton’s net score.
The overall scratch prize was won by Niall McMullan of Lochgelly High School.
The winners will be invited to receive their Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge prizes at The Old Course, St Andrews on the final day of this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday, October 7.
All the participants will also be invited, together with their parents and a school representative, to attend an exclusive golf clinic on the Championship practice ground given by the internationally renowned golf coach Robert Baker.
Robert said: “I congratulate all the winners, and everyone who took part in this year’s Alfred Dunhill Schools’ Golf Challenge, a superb competition which encourages golf amongst young people in the area.
“I am really looking forward to meeting these budding players and getting the opportunity to work with them. If kids can get the right coaching early enough in their golf career it will help them enormously for many years to come - and there is always the chance that we discover a champion.”
The Dunhill Links which sees professional golfers team up with celebrity amateurs returns to Carnoustie this year on October 4.
Over the years the Championship has attracted a strong international field which has included Major Championship winners Darren Clarke, John Daly, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Shaun Micheel, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, plus top stars Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.