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Ruud Gullit’s tips for young Scots golfers

Footballing great Ruud Gullit told a group of aspiring young Scottish golfers that personal sacrifices are essential if they want to pursue their dream of playing professionally.

Presenting prizes to this year’s winners of the Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge, Ruud encouraged the youngsters to follow their dreams and to work hard to achieve success.

“You only regret something you haven’t done, you have a short career which means you have to take the best out of it,” said the Dutch football legend.

To mark this year’s 20th Anniversary Alfred Dunhill Links, two separate Schools Golf Challenge events were held, one in Carnoustie on September 19 and the other at the Duke’s Course, St Andrews on September 26.

Ross Alexander, 17, from Broughty Ferry’s Grove Academy won the scratch prize shooting an impressive 76 on Carnoustie’s Buddon Course. Fellow Grove Academy pupil Arran Leiper took the Senior Boys title, and Joshua Marshall from Dundee’s Braeview Academy won the Junior Boys category.

Meanwhile Fergus Brown, an S4 pupil at Balfron High School in Stirlingshire, won the overall scratch prize at the Duke’s competition. Perth Academy pupil Sam McConnachie won the Senior Boys category, and Emilia Heuer from Dollar Academy took the Senior Girls title. James Ross, from St Leonard’s Academy took honours in the Junior Boys competition while the Junior Girls title went to Louise Martin from North Berwick High School.