Honoured for golfing achievements
Youngster gets special award to mark career to date
GOLF star in the making Gemma Dryburgh will today (Thursday) be presented with a special award at Beaconsfield Golf Club.
The 21-year-old, who was selected to play for the GB&I Curtis Cup team last summer, will be awarded her first Beaconsfield Bursary in recognition of her amateur career to date.
Having finished as runner-up in the Ladies Scottish Championships at U14, U16 and U21 levels, and represented Scotland Ladies, the Aberdeen-born youngster’s name will be also be added to the black shields recording exceptional golfing achievement by Beaconsfield members.
Dryburgh has been a member of the club since she was 13, her family having moved to the area, and she still retains her membership, despite spending most of her time 3,000 miles away now, playing and studying at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Her father, John, is also a keen golfer, who still plays regularly off a handicap of 12 at Beaconsfield, according to course general manager David Cliffe.
He said: “Gemma is such a powerful player. If you get into the Curtis Cup side, you have to be at a decent length, the like of which you would expect from a male player.
“She’s not especially tall, but is still such a powerful player. She has also got perfect timing and is so consistent in what she does.
“We already knew she was a talented player when she arrived as she had been representing Scotland U14s, and we always thought she would go onto be something special.
“There is a thought going around the club that she is playing the right standard of golf to be a professional, but I don’t know her exact plans in that respect.”
If she does make the step up to the pro ranks, Dryburgh will follow in the footsteps of another former Beaconsfield member, former world number one Luke Donald.
The 37-year-old, who spent 56 weeks at number one in 2011 and 2012, exchanging the position on a regular basis with Rory McIlroy, is widely seen as the best ever player never to have won a major.
Cliffe added: “Luke has always been the club’s claim to fame, and he is always made quite a fuss of here, so we wanted to do the same for Gemma.
“We always take a keen interest in how her golf career is developing.”
Beaconsfield Golf Club star Gemma Dryburgh