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Calum Daun: 2016 Gardner Trophy.

Calum’s award-winning season

12-year-old Inverness Golf Club member, Calum Daun, capped a great season by picking up a number of awards at the club’s annual prize-giving on Friday night.

Calum played a total of 75 competitive rounds in a season that saw his handicap tumble from 16 to 5. This dramatic reduction won him the Gardner Trophy for the most improved junior at Inverness Golf Club – a trophy he also won in 2014.

The Inverness Royal Academy pupil also won the club’s Summer Aggregate Quaich, which he won in 2014, as well as the RSPCC trophy (scratch) and two summer monthly medals. With Ewan Cuthbert, he won the Patrick Horne Trophy (matchplay foursomes) and was runner up in the summer match play and the May medal.

In competitions away from his home course, Calum won the Strathpeffer Junior open scratch and handicap trophies and the Abernethy Golf Club junior open. He was 7th in Scottish Under 14 Junior Tour at Glencorse Golf Club, Edinburgh.

He was also the low handicap winner at the Highland Schools Championship at Spey Valley Golf Club and finished 3rd in the North District Under 14 order of merit. Calum also played for the North District Under 14s team in their wins against the North East at Inverurie and Angus at Kingussie.

He also represented Inverness Golf Club Juniors when they defeated Rya, Southern Sweden, in a biennial challenge match at Culcabock in September.

Inverness Golf Club President Gordon Fyfe paid tribute to Calum, whose mum and dad, Alison and Graeme, have clocked up hundreds of miles supporting their talented elder son.

Alison picked up the May Medal and Morrison Trophy runner up at the prizegiving. Graeme has won the club championship at Inverness on six occasions.

Gordon said: “Calum has shown a great appetite for the game and his tremendous commitment is paying rich dividends as witnessed by his impressive haul of trophies this season.”

Calum has received inspiration from two former Culloden Academy pupils – Russell Knox, the club’s newest honorary life member, and Club Junior Champion Rory Franssen, the Scottish boys’ internationalist now on a golfing scholarship at the University of Missouri.

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