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The Grampian-Houston Junior Golf scheme, which was instrumental in 30 young golfers from North and North-east Scotland gaining golf scholarship at colleges in the U.S, is being wound up. The scheme was founded in 1992 by Grampian-born golf professional Bruce Davidson who was golf professional at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston for 14 years. Bruce has moved to Diamond Creek, North Carolina and is engaged in building a golf club from scratch in South Carolina for two Texas billionaires. The Junior Golf scheme gave 150 promising young Scottish golfers the opportunity to play and receive coaching in Texas.  Now under the Congreve Global Golf Initiative two young Scots golfers will get the opportunity to join a residential programme in South Carolina to play and study in the U.S.

Houston Mayor  Sylvester Turner was among more than 60 U.S. civic chiefs  to announce  they would continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and limit global warming despite  President Trump’s decision to the withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Change  Agreement. Mayor Turner stated, “As the energy capital of the world and the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, Houston is leading by example and is living proof that large industrial cities can have a robust economy and also fight climate change.” Over the past decade Houston has trimmed its greenhouse gas emission by 35% and aims to achieve an 80% reduction by 2050.


Houston attracted 18,666 additional residents in the 12 months to July, 2016 bringing the city population to 2.3 million. San Antonio added 24,473 residents (total population 1.49 million), Dallas 20,602 (total population 1.32 million) and Austin 17,738 (total population 947,890).

The West Houston of Katy has been named as one of the most family friendly places in the U.S. to stay. The study looked at home affordability and access to good schools. The median house sale price in Katy is $239,500.

Founder secretary of the Houston/Grampian Association Aurise Bain was reunited with some old friends from the early days of the Grampian-Houston Sister City relationship when she paid a visit to Aberdeen this month. Aurise (3rd from right) is pictured with long-serving members of the Grampian-Houston Association after a lunch at the Tor-Na-Coille Hotel, Banchory.  Aurise, who now lives in Florida, also paid a call on GHA founder secretary Heather Anderson who was unable to attend the lunch.

Following their two week study visit to Aberdeen Houston student nurses Amelia Holt and Celeste Ross had a difficult journey home when they were caught up in disruption caused by a computer failure which resulted in the mass cancellation of British Airways flights.  They left Aberdeen 24 hours later than scheduled and had to wait a further 24 hours in London before getting a BA flight from Heathrow Airport to Houston.