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Honorary Member secures her spot on the U.S Womens Open 

Honorary member Kelsey MacDonald has secured her spot on the U.S Womens Open while playing at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Kelsey had rounds of 71 & 74 tieing her up for 3rd place and qualifying for the U.S Womens Open. Not only did Kelsey play some beautiful golf she played some exceptional golf with hitting a 'Hole in One' on the Par 3 14th, 157 yards with a 6 iron off the tee! 

Everyone here at Nairn Dunbar wish Kelsey all the best in the U.S Womens Open!! 

Nairn Dunbar & Inverness Golf Club are proud to introduce the new 'Russell Knox Junior Trophy'

New Russell Knox Junior Trophy aims to inspire junior golfers in the North

Inverness and Nairn Dunbar Golf Clubs have joined forces to introduce a new trophy for junior golfers in the North - in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to world golf by Russell Knox, who began his golfing career at both clubs.

The Russell Knox Trophy will be presented to the junior boy or girl recording the best scratch score at an annual event, which will alternate between Inverness and Nairn Dunbar.

The inaugural event will be staged at Culcabock, Inverness, on Tuesday 11 July, 2017 and it is being recognised by the North District Golf Association as an Order of Merit event.

It is open to boys and girls and there will be handicap prizes up for grabs as well.

Russell (31) is an honorary member of both clubs. At Nairn Dunbar, he was junior champion and junior captain before going on to win the club championship on 3 occasions from 2002. At Inverness, he won the Inverness 4-day open on three successive years (2004-2006).

As a junior, he made his mark in the local area by winning the North District Boys Championship in 2002 and securing the North District Youth Championship the following year.

Russell said: “I am truly honoured that my former clubs are recognising my achievements in this way. I learned my golf while growing up in the Highlands and owe so much to these early days.”

Russell is currently ranked No 28 in the world rankings.

Gordon Fyfe, President of Inverness Golf Club, said: “Russell has been such a great ambassador for our clubs. The new trophy is a way of recognising what he has achieved on the world stage of golf. I’m sure it will be an inspiration for up and coming juniors in the North.”

Stuart Henderson, Club Captain of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club said: “Nairn Dunbar is extremely proud of Russell’s exceptional progress and his continuing role as an ambassador for the club and Scottish golf.”


David Torrance and Russel Knox:


What are your memories of David Torrance (former coach)?

RK: “Dave was an extremely colourful character, very easy to get along with and very knowledgeable. We spent a bit of time together, and he’s a great coach and has helped a lot of players. He helped my game, and he’s a great guy. I played Nairn Dunbar last year before the Scottish Open, and I saw him there so it was great to catch up with him.”

As a teenager, he honed his talents on the links course at Nairn Dunbar, under the watchful eye of club professional David Torrance, and later at Inverness Golf Club on Culcabock Road. Now, a native of Jacksonville, a regular on the PGA Tour and an emerging force on its European equivalent, the former Culloden Academy pupil cannot help but appreciate where his quest to Castle Stuart began.

“I think I’ve become the player I have because I grew up playing on a links golf course, because I think it teaches you the importance of being able to hit every shot, so I wouldn’t have changed it for anything,” he said. “I loved to play up there in the junior events. My parents used to drop me off at the course with my friends and we’d play 36 holes, sometimes 54 holes a day.

“There’s so much daylight in the summer, we’d just keep playing until it got dark. We’d sometimes go out with three clubs and have mini competitions between us, and I look back on those days very fondly. In some ways I miss them, because back then you were playing golf purely for the love of the game. Because we play so much competitive golf now, I miss playing for fun. It’s still fun competing but when you’ve been away for a long stretch at tournaments, you don’t really want to play much golf.”