The R&A has been a committed supporter of SALJGA since it was formed and sees it as a key element in the development of junior golf in St Andrews.
Duncan Weir, director of Golf Development at The R&A, met with Nick Randerson, Junior Golf co-ordinator at the Links Trust, to confirm the award.
SALJGA was established in 2001 by theTrust in partnership with local golf clubs in the town to provide co-ordinated support for the development of young golfers from the ages of five through to 18.
Since then, hundreds of youngsters, who live in St Andrews or go to school in the town, have benefited from the programme which offers coaching from PGA professionals and volunteer coaches and gives them the opportunity to take part in competitions on the Links courses.
In recent years, talented young players such as Ewan Scott, Ian Redford, Daniel Sommerville, Peter Latimer, Greg Paterson, Ben Kinsley and, more recently, Lauren Whyte and Alasdair McDougall have emerged through the programme to achieve national success.