“It grew arms and legs from there and, when we were out in Dubai in January, we were able to play with him. We have been able to learn a lot from his game by picking his brains.
While all three are currently at Loretto School in Musselburgh, the US college scene is on the horizon for both Oliver and Sam. “We were out in the States recently doing a tour of the colleges,” revealed Sam. “Most people do two or three, but we talked to the coaches at 15, which was really interesting.
“The goal is for me and Oli to go together. That is the preference, but we are obviously open to being apart. I feel like we really bring each other on and really help each other. I feel as though we would help whatever programme we go to.”
In addition to Craigielaw, the boys are also members of Gullane. They’ve benefitted as well from playing on the Scottish Junior Tour, results on which prompted a Dubai-based Indian golf writer to get in touch with this correspondent last year to enquire about their descendancy.
“My dad is Indian and my mum is Scottish,” reported Robin. “My dad came over in 1959 on a boat and he was an orthopedic surgeon. He fixed a lot of knees for footballers – that was his speciality. He was also the doctor for Hamilton Accies when we lived in Glasgow.”
As well as the coaching they receive through the excellent Golf Academy at Loretto, the brothers also work with Spencer Henderson, the Scottish national junior coach, and Fintan Bonner, an Irishman who is the senior instructor at St Andrews Links Golf Academy.
“Spencer is always encouraging the boys and Fintan is like a big brother to them,” added dad. “He’s on our whatsapp group every day and he has really transformed them from being decent golfers to getting to plus handicaps.”
They’ve achieved that at the same time as learning how to make their own way in the world. “The boys have never been able to have a ‘normal’ job due to their golf schedules so they’ve run their own businesses,” revealed Robin.
“They’ve done food and drinks over the wall to golfers at Craigielaw in the past and presently are doing laundry to earn money to buy their kit/clubs and pay entry fees etc.”