As Gleneagles gears up to host the world’s biggest golf event, Angus schools held their own version of the Ryder Cup.
The event at Forfar Golf Club was staged as part of the Active Schools sport calendar to encourage schoolchildren to take up popular local sports.
The Evening Tele has teamed up with Active Schools to promote school sports and to give the region’s children better opportunities for a healthy lifestyle by giving away 10,000 worth of tokens for sports equipment.
Andy Garnett, lead coordinator for Active Schools in Angus, is keen for more people to continue to collect the Tele’s Sport in Schools tokens so that more events like this can be organised. He said: “I’d encourage everyone to bring along as many tokens as they can to their school because the more we get the more opportunities we can provide like the Junior Ryder Cup, which went really well.
“Every player was announced onto the first tee like the Ryder Cup and there were a few frayed nerve ends out there but most of the drives went straight down the middle. There was a wee bit of banter between the teams, too.”
The teams were made up of pupils from Arbroath High, Brechin High, Carnoustie High, Forfar Academy, Monifieth High, Montrose Academy and Kirriemuir’s Webster’s High, with the 24 golfers split randomly into European and American teams.
The teams had to share the spoils, though, with the match ending in a 3-3 draw.
Andy added: “We want to reflect what is going on in the community in schools as much as possible and golf is so popular in this area.
“Having the Ryder Cup in this country will be a once-in-a-generation thing, so we wanted to make the most of it.
“It’s important kids get a range of sports to try so that they can find out what really suits them but we also want to get kids into sports like golf so that they can continue after they’ve finished school by creating really strong links with local clubs.”
Sports in Schools tokens will be printed each day in September. To win your child’s school a chunk of the 10,000 pot on offer, all you have to do is collect as many as you can and hand them in to the school.