Martin Dempster: Paul Lawrie tips on course management

Picture: Ian Rutherford
Picture: Ian Rutherford
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When Paul Lawrie played a few holes with each group during a media day at Murcar Links last year, it was more an opportunity for him to get a good giggle rather than pass on any useful advice.

It was much different, though, when the Aberdonian was back at the same venue on Sunday with trusty caddie Davy Kenny, offering tips on course management.

The beneficiaries were a group of youngsters from the Paul Lawrie Foundation, who are among the hopefuls heading there next week for the Scottish Boys’ Championship and well done to the pair for identifying an area where inexperienced players are often found wanting.

“We’ve focused quite heavily recently on course management within the Foundation for the better youngsters as I feel that it’s very important and doesn’t get enough time spent on it,” said Lawrie.

“Davy and his friend, Dominic Bott, have a company called Caddie Consultancy, that we’re going to use, as well as experienced Tour players like Scott Henderson, Alastair Forsyth, Greig Hutcheon etc as these guys have played at the top level and have a lot they can share with up-and-coming juniors.”

As well as hearing Kenny go through his yardage book from last year’s Paul Lawrie Match Play on the same course and also explain how a top player and caddie go about tackling a course, the duo walked 18 holes with the group as they played in fours and had two nine-hole matches.

With the likes of Sandy Scott and Rory Franssen in the field, those North-East players will still have their work cut out to emerge as a local hero, but they’ll certainly be prepared in terms of plotting a way round this gem of a course.