Prestigious golf title for Kirkcaldy schoolgirl

Jenna Downie, Kirkcaldy Golf Club
Jenna Downie, Kirkcaldy Golf Club

A Kirkcaldy schoolgirl has won a prestigious golf title.

Jenna Downie, a fourth year pupil at Balwearie High School, took the Senior Girls title at the Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge, played over the Kittocks Course at The Fairmont on Sunday.

Jenna, a member of Kirkcaldy Golf Club, carded a net score of 79 in what was one of the largest-ever entries for the annual tournament, which is open to school golfers from across Fife and Tayside.

Fellow Fifer, Ben McKay (13), of Waid Academy, won both the Junior Boys category and the overall scratch prize after carding a 74 on a handicap of six, giving him a net score of 68.

The Senior Boys title was a closely contested competition with Dunfermline High School student Kyle Perkins winning with a net score of 74 on a count-back against Hamish Gorn of Inverkeithing High School.

Angus-based Kirsty Brodie won the Junior Girls category, carding a net score of 80 off a handicap of five.

All the winners will be invited to receive their prizes at The Old Course, St Andrews, on the final day of the Aldred Dunhill Links Championship, which takes place on Sunday, October 5 and features some of the worlds top professional and celebrity amateur golfers.

All the participants will also be invited, together with their parents and a school representative, to attend an exclusive golf clinic on the Championship practice ground given by the internationally renowned golf coach Robert Baker.