GALASHIELS golfer Jack McDonald is on course for America in 2018 after being backed by the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.

The 15-year-old was one of four young Borders sportspeople to benefit from the latest round of grants by the charity.

And the funding of £400 will assist the Torwoodlee GC member play in North Carolina in February as part of East Lothian Junior League team which will play in the World Junior Championships.

The grant will also help the Scottish Golf Performance Academy player compete in Scottish boys events during next year.

Jack said: “This grant will help me to continue to work hard to reduce my handicap and hopefully go on to represent my country.”

Meanwhile, talented cross country runner Gregor Collins received £350 to help towards his costs.

The 13-year-old Gala Harrier is fast emerging as a promising performer, having won events in Livingston and Grangemouth in 2017.

Gregor said: “This grant will help me with travel, accommodation and clothing costs.

“I always give 100 per cent and will continue to do so.”

Tweedbank swimmer Ryan Goudie received £150 as the BEST squad member prepares to compete across Scotland in 2018, while Galashiels gymnast Kiera McCall also picked up £150 to help with training costs, which involve travelling to Edinburgh three times a week.

Meanwhile, tickets are still on sale for the Rowan Boland Trust’s Hogmanay Bash in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.

Briefs (£10) are available from the Trophy Guy and Tartan & Tweed, with a disco, ceilidh and pipers on offer.

The event is strictly for over 18s.

Dave Boland, Chairman of the Trust, said: “We are looking forward to a great night which will hopefully raise money so we can support more talent young Borders sportspeople like Jack, Gregor, Ryan and Kiera.

“We also need to congratulate Sammi Kinghorn, who we have supported over a number of years, for becoming the first para-athlete to win Scottish Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month.”