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TOP COACH: Frank Anderson with som eof the junior members at Palacerigg Golf Club.
TOP COACH: Frank Anderson with som eof the junior members at Palacerigg Golf Club.

PALACERIGG’S Frank Anderson joined Scottish golfing greats Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie on the winners’ podium at the XOS Scottish Golf Awards in Glasgow.

Frank took the honours in the inaugural “Volunteer of the Year Award” category for his efforts at Palacerigg Junior Coaching Club.

The club’s junior membership has grown to more than 70 since he took over running the section two years ago.

The delighted coach explained: “I’d been match secretary for 2 years and took over the junior section in February 2008 as it was declining and down to just seven members.

“Along with the North Lanarkshire Golf Development Group (NLGDG) and local schools, we organised a “come and try day”. Around 40 children attended and it’s really grown from there.

“We run coaching twice a week from May to the end of August. It’s great to see youngsters growing to love the game. It’s not about producing the next Paul Lawrie – though there are plenty of talented players coming through – but about introducing them to a game which they’ll be able to play for the rest of their lives.

“As well as learning about the technical aspects of the game, young golfers learn about self-discipline, etiquette, courtesy and manners. These are skills which they can take with them to other areas of their lives.”

For the full story see this week’s Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.