Tour Player Neil Gives Back to Blairgowrie

Three years after his reign as junior captain at Blairgowrie Golf Club, local hero Bradley Neil was guest of honour at the annual prizegiving.

The 21-year-old former Junior Ryder Cup star and Amateur champion returned to his roots as a card carrying member of The European Tour.

He is recharging the batteries after a hectic finale to 2017, having secured his Tour passport with a top 15 finish on the second tier Challenge Tour and immediately sampled back-to-back tournaments in Hong Kong, Mauritius and South Africa.

Neil said: “It’s been a crazy few years for me. I was delighted to be asked to present the trophies to the club’s juniors and it’s hard to believe it’s just three years since I was junior captain. If I can do anything to support the young golfers I will do my best.

“It has been hectic recently but now I have a chance to sit down with my coach Kevin Hale and look back at the year. We will look through the stats and confirm where my strengths and weaknesses were.

“It was mission accomplished and I can reflect on a year which has been among the best of my career so far.”

Neil Wilkie, Blairgowrie’s junior convener, said: “We have made a major commitment to youth development and it was fantastic that Bradley made time in his schedule to present the prizes. It was a thrill for the youngsters and amazing to think that just a few years ago he was junior captain here.

“Bradley is a great role model and who knows, one or two may be inspired to follow in his footsteps.”

The former Amateur champion also said he would be happy to help any youngster who asks for advice on their game if they see him practicing at the club.