Teams from across Ayrshire competed at the StreetGolf event in Troon
Young golfers have been getting into the swing of things as The Open gets underway in South Ayrshire. A StreetGolf event in Troon, organised by the Council and Scottish Golf, saw children from across Ayrshire takeover South Beach Esplanade, as part of an event meant as a colourful introduction to the sport.
StreetGolf encourages young people to make innovative use of everyday equipment to make sessions different, challenging and enjoyable. It's hoped the experience will leave participants with a positive experience that makes them more likely to take up the sport later in life.
Three teams of four took part in the event with children taking part from East, North, and South Ayrshire. Each of the four teams in the final won a prize with the winning quartet from East Ayrshire receiving two adult tickets to chaperone them to The Open Championship at Royal Troon on Saturday 16 July.
South Ayrshire Council has been holding a series of events as part of its 'Drive to The Open and beyond' campaign which is designed to promote the sport. This complements a £3.5 million investment in its golf portfolio. The Council recently opened a stunning new clubhouse at Belleisle in Ayr, while refurbishment work is currently underway at clubhouses in Troon and Girvan.
Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder, said, Golf South Ayrshire remains committed to encouraging the next generation to take up golf, "We're proud to see so many people coming to South Ayrshire to enjoy this magnificent event, with the community getting right behind The Open.
"Our long-term focus is to attract grassroots players to take up the sport, promote the amazing facilities the area has to offer, and to develop a new generation of golfers to rise through the ranks.
"That process has to start somewhere and the StreetGolf event's a great way to introduce young people to the sport, and we hope at least some of these young people will be inspired to train hard and become stars of the future."
Andy Salmon, Deputy Chief Executive and Development Director of Scottish Golf, said, "StreetGolf is fantastic as it helps show youngsters that the sport is for everyone, everywhere. Part of the challenge and fun is that they build their own course, using what's around them in their own community.
"We are very grateful to the Golf Foundation for developing the StreetGolf concept and our aim is that the aspiring players will connect with a local club and develop their golf skills and become lifelong club members."