Local golfer Jack Walker will be jetting off to Houston Texas in October having been selected as one of 12 talented junior golfers from across the north of Scotland to take part in this year’s Grampian Houston Junior Golf’s tenth tour.
Jack along with the other youngsters will receive coaching from some of the world’s top players, including Steve Elkington and Mark O’Meara and visit a number of university campuses that provide golf scholarships during the ten-day tour.
The trip organised by the Grampian Houston Junior Golf Committee, a non-profit making organisation that raises money through its annual Pro-Am tournament, is aimed at giving young golfers an opportunity to develop their skills on some of the world’s finest courses and sample college golf.
The programme has seen almost 100 of the north of Scotland’s most talented golfers make a similar trip, and with the committee securing more than 30 golf scholarships for junior golfers is the most successful programme of its type in the country.
Grampian Houston Junior Golf chairman, John Connon, said: “I am delighted to welcome this year’s 12 lucky golfers to a trip of a lifetime. Once again the standard was high and the selection of the team was not easy.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young players to improve their game and get a flavour of the various scholarship programmes.”
The current director of golf at the prestigious River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Bruce Davidson founded Grampian Houston Junior Golf in 1992 when he was the professional at Kings Links Golf Centre, Aberdeen. His aim was to give young players from the north east of Scotland golf scholarship opportunities in the US studying at college or university while playing competitive golf.
Plans for this year’s youngsters include at least one tournament, hosted by Bruce at the River Oaks Country Club, where the Scottish team will test their skills against an American team as part of a major tournament.
From Fort William to Muir of Ord to Aberdeen, the selected group of 11 boys and one girl includes: Sophie Alexander (Aberdeen), Freddie Brown (Nairn), Sean Burgess (Nairn), Christopher Lamb (Aberdeen), Jordan Milne (Moray), Lewis Mutch (MacDuff), Ross Proctor (Forres), Jamie Reid (Peterhead), Alasdair Ross (Fort William), Jake Scott (Moray), Jack Walker (Fraserburgh) and Jamie Whittet (Muir of Ord).
Munro’s Travel Group, Scotland’s leading independent corporate travel agency, is the principle sponsor of Grampian Houston Junior Golf.
Munro’s has established enduring links with Houston over 35 years, thanks to its association with Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and organising travel for thousands of business people over the year, as well as coordinating travel arrangements for American business people when visiting Grampian and Aberdeen for Offshore Europe.