Local pupils receive their trophy

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TWO CARNOUSTIE High School pupils who recently won the Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge were presented with their trophy by former Liverpool FC player and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp on Sunday.

Jordan Halley and Claire Robertson took the honours in their respective categories at the tournament last month, which was staged over the Kittocks Course at The Fairmont, St Andrews.

Second year student, Jordan, shot a net 68 off a handicap of 18 to take the junior boys title while his fellow third year pupil, Claire, won the junior girls category with a net score of 75.

Jamie, who took part in this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie, congratulated the young golfers and shared some advice about how they can continue to excel in the sport.

He said: “I think it’s the same for all sports. If you don’t practise and you’re not willing to put the hours in, it just won’t happen.

“As a kid all I wanted to do was play football so I worked hard at it because that’s what it’s all about. I think it was Gary Player who said ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get.’”

Also taking part in the main tournament for the first time was Carnoustie Ladies club captain Patricia Sawers, who partnered pro Craig Lee.

She secured her place on this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links through her association with Carnoustie Golf Links where she is vice chairman.

And although she’s an experienced amateur golfer, Patricia said that playing in a high profile pro-am event does play on the nerves to a degree.

She explained: “I don’t think I’d be human if I wasn’t nervous playing here but Craig has been absolutely superb, charming, a true gentleman, very helpful with shots, putts, etcetera and has helped make me very relaxed throughout it.”