“Scottish Golf definitely played a huge part in getting me to where I am. Without the national coaching from a young age, I don’t think my game would have progressed like it did in amateur golf.”
Martin Laird, three-time winner on the US PGA Tour
Representing your country is one of the biggest thrills in sport, at any level, and pulling on the Scotland jersey in golf’s amateur ranks is no different.
For some it is the pinnacle of their golfing careers, for others it’s the stepping stone to bigger things, to perhaps even representing Scotland in the World Cup on the professional stage or turning out for Europe in the Ryder Cup or the Solheim Cup.
Tour winners Russell Knox, Stephen Gallacher, Martin Laird, Richie Ramsay, Scott Jamieson, Marc Warren, Kylie Henry and Carly Booth are among those who have progressed with the governing body down the years, along with more recent graduates like Bradley Neil, Connor Syme, Grant Forrest, Robert MacIntyre, Kelsey MacDonald and Gemma Dryburgh.
Did you know…? Russell Knox, Scotland’s highest-ranked world player, was a former European Youths internationalist for Scotland…
Knox: “The (former) SGU really helped my career by picking me to play in the European Youths in Spain in 2006. It was for sure the turning point in my golfing career. I realized there how good my team-mates were and players from all the other countries. It was an eye opener for me – improve a lot or give up.”
For those with the talent, Scotland’s National Squads offer the opportunity for players to improve further thanks to the support networks on and off the course.
In progressing through the Scottish Golf Academy, players can reach Scotland’s Men’s and Women’s National Squads and go on to play for Scotland at the highest level of the amateur game.
In doing so, the nation’s amateur golfers receive coaching and support service provision from the sportscotland institute of sport and the opportunity to attend domestic and overseas training camps and winter competition opportunities abroad.