Sep 7 2011 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday
FALLIN teenager Stuart Irving has taken his first steps to becoming a professional golfer.
The 14 year-old has been invited to join the Scottish Golf Academy development programme.
Stuart, who is in S4 at Wallace High School, will have access to some of the country's best facilities and PGA-trained coaching staff.
The youngster, who lives in Wallace Place, plays his golf at Falkirk Carmuirs and has come a long way since taking it up three years ago.
“I fancied playing and went to the driving range and got some lessons,” said Stuart. “Now I’m playing off five and been accepted to the academy. It’s fantastic.”
Stuart will join some of the country’s best U16 players for coaching during the winter, much of it based at St Andrews.
The teenager has had a successful season, winning the Forth Valley Schools Competition, Falkirk Golf Club junior open and Grangemouth junior open. Stuart also represents Stirlingshire Golf Union in the county boys team.