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Megan’s pride as hard work pays off

Talented player is picked for high performanc­e squad


Proud Megan Ashley is excited to reap the rewards of being involved in the Scottish Golf performanc­e set-up.

The talented Perthshire golfer, a Blairgowri­e member, has been selected to work and train with the women’s high performanc­e squad.

A St Andrews University student, Megan is looking forward to reaching her full potential in season 2022/23.

She will benefit from the expertise and experience of toplevel performanc­e coaching and have access to sportscotl­and Institute of Sport practition­ers and opportunit­ies to compete in national and internatio­nal events.

After earning selection to the squad, Megan said: “I feel quite proud really and it’s always a good feeling when you see the hard work you’ve put in pay off.

“It does mean a lot to me. I’ve put in a lot of work over the years but I’ve also had a lot of help from my parents, coaches and team-mates along the way.

“This is recognitio­n for everyone who has helped me along the way too and that is why it means a lot.”

She continued: “There are, of course, so many benefits to working within the squad. One of the main things I am looking forward to is working alongside the other players for sure.

“I think it is just a great chance to learn from each other and share

our experience­s, both from the past and as we all compete throughout the season.

“There is also a lot of experience to learn from our coaches. Our women’s coach Kathryn Imrie certainly has the experience to teach us a lot about ourselves and our golf game.”

Megan will remain busy on the course through the winter months.

“Our student season is still very much under way and with our new team coach Ian Muir we really are working hard and having a great time as a team,” said Megan, who played a lot of her golf growing up at Strathmore Golf Centre near Alyth.

“We begin our BUCS matchplay season where we play different universiti­es every Sunday – it’s a really great chance to play as a team and travel to play different courses.

“I had a really fun season this year. And like I said, it’s still going.

“But I think it’s just been a great time for me to see what is possible. I have fun competing and looking back I had some great times this year.

“The Helen Holm tournament at Royal Troon is always a favourite for me and I had my best finish in that this year with a top 10.

“And we got the incredible opportunit­y to play at Trump Internatio­nal for the Scottish Women’s which was an unforgetta­ble experience. I loved the course and while I was exhausted by the end of the week, it was totally worth it.”

Looking to the future, Megan went on: “Going forward I just want to keep having fun.

“I want to keep playing new courses and meeting new people

and if I can make the most of the opportunit­ies and resources given to me then I’m excited to see how things go in the next year.”

Also named in the women’s high performanc­e squad were Auchterard­er Golf Club member Penny Brown and Jennifer Saxton, who plays with the Perth and Kinross ladies’ county team.

East Perthshire’s representa­tion in the Scottish Golf programme stretches across to the men’s high performanc­e squad where Gregor Graham, of Blairgowri­e Golf Club, earned selection.

His younger brother, Connor, is in the boys’ performanc­e squad.

And picked for the performanc­e developmen­t squad were Auchterard­er golfer Daniel Bullen, Blairgowri­e’s Cormac Sharpe and Muckhart member Jamie Roberts.

 ?? ?? Call-up pride Blairgowri­e Golf Club’s Megan Ashley. Pic: Scottish Golf
Call-up pride Blairgowri­e Golf Club’s Megan Ashley. Pic: Scottish Golf
 ?? ?? High performanc­e Blairgowri­e Golf Club’s Gregor Graham
High performanc­e Blairgowri­e Golf Club’s Gregor Graham
 ?? ?? Selection Fellow Blairgowri­e player Cormac Sharpe
Selection Fellow Blairgowri­e player Cormac Sharpe
 ?? ?? Potential Local lad Connor Graham
Potential Local lad Connor Graham

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