Chapter Sixteen:  The McDonald Ellon Junior Section.

The Junior Section of the McDonald Ellon Golf Club was formed in 1970, when the captain Sandy Thomson, recognising the importance of juniors for the club's continuing development, asked Norval Dawson to take on the role of Junior Convener. However a lot of the preparatory work towards the creation of a junior section, had already been done by a former captain - Frank Duguid - who quite possibly had been inspired by the success of Maurice Moir, who won the Scottish Boys' Championship in 1954.

 

Norval was the Junior Convener for six years and, with his genial, good-natured demeanour, and an immense enthusiasm for helping and inspiring the youngsters, became something of a club legend and set the benchmark for all the conveners who would follow him.

 

The Juniors have enjoyed regular success over the years, winning the prestigious Aberdeen and District Pennant League on two occasions. The first victory was achieved during Norval's time in charge; the second when Bill McConachie was Convenor.

 

The full list of their successes can be found in the club's "Roll of Honour" in the next chapter. Many junior convenors have followed Norval since he gave up the post and all are to be thanked for the sterling work they have done, and are doing, in supporting and encouraging the junior section.

 

Bearing in mind the demographics of most golf clubs today - ageing adults and falling numbers - the importance to a club, of a strong junior section, can never be overstated. It is to be hoped that clubs continue to reap the benefit of the work being put into the development of youngsters, at both club level and nationally. 

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