Kirkhill golfer Lewis Irvine hopes to give something back to the sport he loves after becoming the Lanarkshire Golf Association’s first Junior Ambassador.

Irvine, 22, from Burnside, is Scotland’s number one amateur, is a Scottish international and holder of the Order of Merit, and felt he was well placed to offer advice to some of the region’s promising players .

He will meet the men’s team at Hollandbush Golf Club on Saturday and take on his new role from there.

Lewis, who is studying immunology at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am happy with this role. I thought about it for a while and thought it would be good to give back to Lanarkshire Golf, which has given me so much over the years.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated.

“I already know quite a few boys, but it would be nice to get them together as a group and get to know each other.

“I think it will be good for golfers who are young and up.

“I’m probably five or six years ahead of most boys who’ve been through what they’re going to be through in the years to come.

“I will answer all questions, steer them in the right direction and also deflect them from the wrong direction, based on the things I have been through.

“It may not help everyone, but if I can help even some of the boys, that’s ideal.”

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Irvine’s amateur career is also going well, and he says taking the immunology degree gives him an option for later in life.

He said: “Last year I won the Order of Merit in Scotland which is a big step for me, but I’m at the University of Glasgow, also studying alongside my golf, and everything is going reasonably well.

“I’m going to Spain in a few weeks with a Scottish team, they have a tournament every March in Sotogrande, so it’s going well and hopefully we can continue in the direction it’s going now.

“But I can’t wait for this year to come, again.

“I’m studying immunology, which is really interesting, especially considering what’s happened in the world over the past couple of years.

“I came out of school at Hutchesons’ Grammar in Shawlands, and science has always been what interested me.

“I wanted to go to college and get a degree just because if golf doesn’t work out, it gives you something to build on.

“But I see university and golf on an equal footing, there is not one that takes precedence over the other.

“I’ve seen cases where people who work full time get a little fed up with golf, but if I’ve been in college all day, that gives me something to look forward to.

“It gives me a really good balance in life, I would say.”

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