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Stuart McColm, general manager, Castle Stuart Golf Links

Some of the golfing stars of tomorrow will be teeing up at Castle Stuart this coming weekend as we host the latest event in the new Winter Series being run by the Paul Lawrie Foundation in the Highlands.Paul Lawrie Foundation logo

As strong supporters of junior golf, Highland Golf Links has been delighted to be involved in this initiative and hope its successful inaugural year will encourage the foundation to continue it.

The series teed off at The Nairn Golf Club in November and will include an event at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in May after the original date in January fell foul of Storm Gertrude.

The Winter Series is one of the latest projects run by the Paul Lawrie Foundation since it extended its reach into the Highlands last year and is a fantastic way for talented boys and girls to continue to play competitive golf during the winter months.

Demand has been high for places and a capacity field of 30 has been achieved at each venue with waiting lists in operation. Youngsters have come from throughout the Highlands – from Caithness to Moray – and also from Aberdeenshire and even the islands.

The series has been a great success and the foundation should be commended for providing this opportunity for young golfers to play some of the finest courses in the country.

In the case of the Castle Stuart event on 27 March, the youngsters will be among the first to play our course this season – after we open on Friday – and will walk the fairways and greens where in a few months time the likes of Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Graeme McDowell, Russell Knox and Paul Lawrie will follow in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Paul is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and since setting up his foundation in 2001 has been committed to supporting golfers at all levels in the north east and now the Highlands.

Along with the coaches in the foundation, he should be applauded for all his hard work in attracting growing numbers of youngsters into the game and helping them fulfil their potential.