Active Schools ‘Ryder Cup’ Golf Final 2014

Active Schools ‘Ryder Cup’ Golf Final 2014

3,010 primary 5 children from 76 local primary schools took part in 7 Active Schools Ryder Cup themed golf festivals throughout March and April 2014.  The aim of the festivals was to introduce all primary 5 pupils to golf in a fun but competitive environment in celebration of this year’s Ryder Cup. 

Before the events all pupils received an introduction to clubgolf in their schools. The festival competitions involved 3 stations, which were full swing, chipping and putting challenges.  Clubgolf volunteers from local golf clubs ran the stations along with Active Schools Coordinators and professional golfers from the Stephen Gallacher foundation.  In true Ryder Cup style, half the classes represented USA and half represented Europe at each event.  The pupils scored points at each station for their school and respective continent. 

At the end of each morning or afternoon session, Europe or USA won and each school representing the continent received a shield for their school.  32 shields were awarded over the course of the events with Europe winning overall with 107,826 points to USA’s 104,385 points.  Within each Neighbourhood 2 schools with the highest scores came through to the final.   

The final was held on Thursday 29th May 2014 at Hermitage golf course with the following schools represented:

 

Representing Team EUROPE:

Representing USA:

Fox Covert RC

Flora Stevenson

Balgreen

Tollcross

Dalmeny/ St Margarets

Parsons Green

Liberton B

Nether Currie

Longstone

Newcraighall

Blackhall

 

 

The final started with a ‘beat the Pro’ competition involving Ladies European Tour pro’s Beth Allen and Vikki Laing.  Pupils from 4 of the schools took part in the opening ceremony (pictured).  Jack Wilson (Fox Covert RC), Cameron Lamont (Blackhall), Sophie Gill (Parsons Green) and Ruairidh Adams (Longstone).  All pupils were awarded medals for taking part and Cameron Lamont beat the pro’s shot!  

The competition involved the schools selecting their ‘Ryder Cup’ team for the various competitive elements which were matchplay, longest drive (pictured), putting, chipping and nearest the pin. 

Europe won overall with 14,960 points for the team.  The winning school, also from Europe, was Fox Covert RC,                                              

Thanks to everyone who supported the events including clubgolf, golf clubs, the hermitage, the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, activcity, Edinburgh College and golphin 4 kids.  A presentation of photos from all the festivals and final can be viewed at http://youtu.be/mVsTWdNjVXI

 

Published: 16/06/2014