In a year where golf has dominated Perthshire sport, Gregor Graham, the 16 year old Blairgowrie based player has surpassed all expectations to win a number of impressive accolades including the Scottish Boys Order of Merit, the Scottish Junior Tour Championship and the Perth & Kinross County Boys Championships.
Gregor currently sits 5th in the European Golf’s U16 Boys Rankings, has represented Scotland in the Boys European Team Championships and has become an ambassador for the Barry Douglas Foundation.
My game has been very consistent all year and winning the Scottish Boys Order of Merit was fantastic.
“My game has been very consistent all year and winning the Scottish Boys Order of Merit was fantastic. One of my goals this year was to be selected for the European Young Masters – only the top two U16s from each country make it – so this was also a great achievement and experience for me.“
Gregor has been playing golf since his dad introduced him, aged 2, to the sport but it was in 2015 when he came runner up in the British Wee Wonders Championships that he realised he had the talent and determination to make it at performance level.
“I enjoy it all, both the practice and competition. Weekends are busy with tournaments so I usually have a rest day on Mondays, but every other day is either practicing or playing at Blairgowrie Golf Club or St Andrews Links. I love knowing that I’m improving.
“I also spend time in the gym. My main goal this winter is to get fitter and stronger, and to improve my clubhead speed. Golf is such an athletic sport now and if you want to compete at the highest level, you’ve got to hit the ball a long way.
“I’m part of the Live Active Leisure Talented Athlete Scheme which means I have full use of their facilities. I use the gym at Live Active Blairgowrie but I’ll also come into Perth to Bell's Sport Centre for the Strength and Conditioning Gym. I’ve worked with Gil Stevenson in the past, and now train with the Institute of Sport for my Strength and Conditioning.”
The year ahead is proving to be busy for Gregor, with his sights firmly set on being selected for all Scottish Boys Teams, The Junior Ryder Cup and the Great British & Ireland team for the Jacques Leglise match against Europe.
“In the past 12 months I brought my handicap down from scratch to +2 and I didn’t miss one cut all year at boys level. Looking ahead I want to keep winning trophies and being selected for teams.”
Read more about Gregor's involvement with the Barrie Douglas Foundation.
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