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Cruden Bay out for Portuguese prize

By Grant Milne

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The North-east youngsters came through a solid examination of ability at Crail to qualify.
The North-east youngsters came through a solid examination of ability at Crail to qualify.

CRUDEN Bay Golf Club have stepped up their fundraising as their Juniors prepare for a Sky-broadcast tournament in Portugal.

The 10-strong coastal team came fourth in the Home Nations tournament on the Algarve last year, and will take part again after winning the Scottish qualification tournament.

The club have already raised around one-third of the required £12,000 needed ahead of jetting out in mid-February, with a quiz night this Friday set to boost the coffers.

Cruden Bay - who will field players as young as 11 in the week-long tournament – will pit themselves against the best qualifiers from England, Wales and Ireland on the Morgado course, with SkySports televising the final round.

The club's junior convener Iain Buchan hopes members and supporters can help the fundraising cause ahead of their departure.

He said: “It's a great opportunity.

“Our captain Matthew Clacher and also Josh Allardyce played all the games last year, Koby Buchan's got experience of the course as well.

“It's a Matchplay format, it's a long week when you're playing six rounds so we want to mix it up and give everyone a chance to show themselves.

“We have guys who can all play to their handicap so we should have a few good scores flying about.”

“It's all down to your short game – the course is tough, but the greens are really fast.

“The cameras are there so it will be good for some of them!

“Sky don't really show up until the finals day, so we need to do well in our group to get on the TV!

“Last year, a lot of the team were older with a low handicap which was good for experience but it was tough as they were giving away a lot of shots.

“This year it's a younger team but that means we won't lose much players next year.

“The other Scottish team, Haggs Castle, will be strong but they are in the other group so we'll see them if we get through.”

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