Lawrie to support Scottish Boys Championship

The foundation set up by 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie has been announced as the new sponsor of the Scottish Boys Championship.

First played for in 1935, the event is one of the most famous titles in Scottish Golf and will become the Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Boys Championship when 256 of the country’s best young golfers line up at Murcar Links in Aberdeen from 9-14 April.

The deal marks the first time a professional golfer in Scotland has sponsored a SGU national championship event.

The foundation has received support from The R&A since it was established 11 years ago.  Among its graduates is David Law, who won the Scottish Boys Championship in 2009 before going on to claim two Scottish Amateur Championship titles.

Lawrie, who finished 18th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings last season, said: “We are delighted to be lending our support to the Scottish Boys Championship and strengthening what is already a fantastic event. It is a championship with a rich history and one which attracts the best young golfers from all over Scotland.

“The Paul Lawrie Foundation is committed to supporting junior golf and increasing the opportunities for our young golfers to develop. We are proud to be working towards these goals alongside the Scottish Golf Union and confident our sponsorship can enhance what has already been achieved.”

The championship attracted players from more than 140 different clubs in 2011, when Troon Welbeck’s David Wilson emerged as the champion. Previous winners include Andrew Coltart (1987), Steven O’Hara (1998) and 2011 GB&I Walker Cup player Michael Stewart (2008).

SGU chairman Douglas Connon said: “This sponsorship is a great boost for the Scottish Boys Championship and highlights Paul’s fantastic commitment to helping develop young golfers across Scotland.

“He is a superb ambassador for Scottish Golf and a great role model for young sportsmen and women to follow, given how he conducts himself on and off the course. He has been a trailblazer already through what he has achieved with the Paul Lawrie Foundation and we are delighted to have him on board as one of our growing list of sponsors.”