Blairgowrie Junior Member selected to represent Scotland
posted on Friday 25th May 2018

Young Perthshire golfer Gregor Graham has been selected to represent Scotland and play in the Junior Open Championship this summer. 

And the Blairgowrie member, aged 14, will get the chance to meet current world number three and major winner Jordan Spieth. 

The Junior Open Championship is a biennial event with all golfing nations affiliated to The R&A, they are invited to enter one under-16 boy and girl. 

With close links to The Open, this year being held at Carnoustie, the event is a big one on the junior calendar and is played over the Eden Course, St Andrews on the 16-18th July, the same week as the Open Championship. 

“Gregor got an email just after winning the Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters,” dad Stuart explained to the PA. 

“There is only one selection, for a player who is in current form, Gregor got the shout for that, to represent Scotland at St Andrews.

“He is away Saturday to Saturday with 144 players from 80 countries competing in it. They will stay at St Andrews University. 

“He will also get two days away at The Open on the Thursday and Friday, within that time, he will get to meet current Open champion Jordan Spieth. 

“Jordan is one of Gregor’s favourite players, so he will be delighted to meet him. 

“Patrick Reed is a past winner, top players like Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy have also played in the event.”

Gregor’s early season form saw him win the inaugural Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters at home course Lansdowne last month. 

That was on the back of finishing second best U16 at the Scottish Strokeplay Championship, played over Montrose the month earlier.

He’s currently sitting 6th in the Scottish Boy’s Order of Merit for the under-18s and is still only 14. So his form this year has been impressive.

“It will be a special few days for him representing his country, well deserved, as he’s been working really hard on his game.

“We had already booked to play in the English under-16s in Derby, so we had to cancel that when he was selected. 

“He is a quietly confident young man, but he doesn’t go shouting from the rooftops. The biggest improvement this year is that he’s now learning to score, without playing his best, which is the secret to golf.

“At the start of the year he was playing off a handicap of 3.7. But after the Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters he went down to 1.4. 

The Blairgowrie High School student, has a busy schedule coming up. He has the Paul Lawrie Junior Jug at Gleneagles this weekend, followed by the US Kids European Championships next week

and the following weekend he has been selected to represent Perth and Kinross under-18s in the Scottish Area Team Championships. 

“Gregor is golf daft and loves it. He is up in the morning before school practicing and playing, then after school for more of the same.

“As long as he is enjoying it, myself and my wife June don’t mind trailing him about everywhere.”


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