Golf: Dean Robertson to manage Scots men

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Former European Tour winner Dean Robertson will lead a Scotland Men’s select for the first time when he acts as team manager at The European Nations Cup in March.

The event, formerly known as The Sherry Cup, takes place in Sotogrande, Malaga from 13-16 March with Robertson to accompany the Scots after his selection by the Scottish Golf Union and backing from the University of Stirling, where he is Performance Golf Coach.

The Scots will send a four-strong team, comprising of SGU Men’s Performance Squad members Jack McDonald of Kilmarnock (Barsssie), Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie), James White (Lundin) and Kilmacolm’s Matthew Clark, with the quartet aiming to emulate the success of countrymen Scott Henry, Callum Macaulay, Wallace Booth and Keir McNicoll who triumphed in the event in 2008.

Robertson has worked closely with McDonald and Graeme Robertson in recent years in his role at the University, while White is also a graduate of Stirling’s successful golf scholarship programme.

The quartet contributed to Scotland’s Home Internationals victory at Glasgow Golf Club’s Gailes Links last August, with Robertson and Clark going on to represent Scotland in the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.

Robertson, who won the 1993 Scottish Amateur Championship and was crowned the 1992 and 1993 Scottish Golfer of the Year before going on to win the 1999 Italian Open as a professional, is looking forward to the challenge of leading the team.

“It’s a new challenge for me and hopefully my experience can rub off on the guys. If we adopt the right mindset and attitude then we can do very well,” said the 42-year-old.