Pupils take on women’s open chipping challenge

Charley Hull will judge the winner of the 'Big Chip Challenge'
Charley Hull will judge the winner of the 'Big Chip Challenge'

Pupils in South Ayrshire have been getting involved in a golf challenge set by the sponsors of the Women’s British Open.

With the tournament coming to the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry from July 30-August 2, Ricoh have been working in conjunction with South Ayrshire Active Schools on the ‘Big Chip Challenge’.

Ten schools are scheduled to take part in the challenge including pupils from Maybole’s Gardenrose and Cairn Primary Schools.

The idea behind the venture is that the chipping challenge will engage youngsters with the Women’s British Open which is being played at Turnberry for only the second time in its history, with the last time being in 2002.

The chipping challenge which has been ongoing with the participating South Ayrshire schools submitting a video of themselves chipping into a net.

For the pupil that is judged to have the most innovative chipping challenge and wins first prize, their whole school will receive tickets to the Women’s British Open.

Judging who wins that top prize will be English teenage golf sensation Charley Hull who at only 19 is tipped as one of the favourites for the event at Turnberry.

She competed in the Solheim Cup, the female equivalent of the Ryder Cup when she was only 17 and was awarded the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Award in 2013.

Ricoh believe the challenge will allow the tournament to promote golf within schools along with the council’s active school programme and also make the sport more accessible to youngsters by providing schools with clubs, balls and a chipping net which ties in with the work that Club Golf already do.

Ricoh have also taken the decision that the videos of the chip challenge from the schools will be uploaded to the Ricoh Women’s British Open social media channels including Facebook and Twitter, with many having already been uploaded on to their pages from schools including Belmont and Prestwick Academy and Tarbolton Primary this week.

If you give the Ricoh Women’s British Open page a like on Facebook or a follow on Twitter @ricohwomensbrit then you won’t miss out on seeing the efforts from pupils at Cairn and Gardenrose.

Fellow tournament sponsor IMG have provide two chipping nets, one right and one left handed golf clubs, air flow golf balls and a Ricoh Women’s British Open banner to all of the participating schools.

It is also hoped that a similar contest will be set up within the spectator village during the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry with prizes given out daily. If you are attending the tournament and fancy a go at the chipping challenge, the area will be branded with “Ricoh Women’s British Open”, “Club Golf” and “Ladies European Tour.”

A selection of the videos sent in from the school may also get the chance to be published on the tournament’s website and looped on a big screen in the tented village.

Other schools in South Ayrshire taking part include Queen Margaret Academy, Newton Primary and Heathfield Primary schools in Ayr, St Patricks Primary in Troon, and Monkton Primary.

Preparations are long underway for the tournament with the car parking space now being constructed as well as plans for the tented village.

The winner of the tournament on Sunday August 2 will pose in front of the refurbished clubhouse, opened recently by Donald Trump.