The world-famous Ryder Cup Trophy made a dramatic arrival in Wigtownshire as part of the Official Trophy Tour, which is being delivered by VisitScotland and Ryder Cup Europe.
Travelling by helicopter, the tour is visiting the ‘four corners of Scotland’, and landed at the most southerly golf course in Scotland, St Medan Golf Club on Sunday 7 September at 13.00pm.
The 2014 Ryder Cup is already leaving a legacy benefit to Scotland in the ClubGolf junior golf initiative, which was a commitment made by Scotland as part of the 2001 bid. Almost 300,000 school children have been introduced to golf through the ClubGolf scheme since 2003 and St Medan Golf Club was chosen as it is the most southerly ClubGolf programme in Scotland.
The week-long tour will take in some of the nation’s most spectacular scenery at the most Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western courses participating in the ClubGolf programme, before arriving at Gleneagles, host of The 2014 Ryder Cup, on Wednesday 10th September. The wider legacy of The 2014 Ryder Cup is also important with participating courses also being chosen for their tourism and environmental connections.
At each location, members of the public will have the opportunity to see and have their picture taken next to The Ryder Cup Trophy. The experience can be shared online with the hashtag #rydercuptrophytour.
Manuela Calchini, Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland, Jack Fisher, Club Captain of St Medans and Jim Wallace, President of Wigtownshire Golf Association welcomed the trophy to Dumfries & Galloway.
Manuela Calchini, Regional Partnerships Director at VisitScotland said: “I was honoured to welcome one of the world’s most recognised sporting trophies to Scotland’s most southerly golf club, St Medan, on the shores of Luce Bay. As we prepare to host The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the legacy and economic benefits are set to be felt right across Scotland, not just by the accommodation sector but also by travel and transport, Scottish food and drink suppliers, attractions and a wide range of businesses throughout the industry.
While representing the various legacy benefits associated with hosting The Ryder Cup in Scotland, including junior golf, golf tourism, golf events and Green Drive, The Ryder Cup Trophy brings with it a real sense of excitement, drama and prestige. This is Scotland’s year, our chance to secure a legacy and showcase Scotland as the Home of Golf.”
Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director said: “The Official Trophy Tour is a great way to show how The Ryder Cup is making an impact across Scotland and to offer the opportunity to fans and the public across the country to see the iconic Ryder Cup trophy up close. The tour underlines the legacy of the event, from ClubGolf and encouraging more young people to take up a fantastic sport to the spotlight of the world focusing on Scottish golf.”
Ian Gibson, Treasurer at St Medan Golf Club said: “We are absolutely delighted this took place at St. Medan – quite unbelievable! However this visit was for the benefit of all clubs in the area, and hopefully will attract more youngsters to the game of golf.”
With golf fever set to hit the country for The Ryder Cup this September, many Scottish golf clubs, tour operators and accommodation providers have reported an increase in bookings across 2014. New feedback from VisitScotland’s industry partners has shown that pre-booked tee times, advanced bookings for golf and sightseeing tours, and advanced hotel bookings have grown significantly in comparison with 2013. For more information see - http://mediacentre.visitscotland.org/pressreleases/driving-home-bookings-1043923
Since 2003, VisitScotland, the lead agency delivering Scotland’s commitments around The Ryder Cup, has attended and marketed Scotland as the Home of Golf at more than 50 international events. An upweighted global golf marketing programme, incorporating VisitScotland’s ‘Brilliant Moments’ campaign will also shine the spotlight on the country’s golf courses to help attract more visitors to our fairways.
Gleneagles will host The Ryder Cup on September 23 – 28, 2014 and there are still Practice Day tickets still available to purchase here: http://www.rydercup.com/europe/tickets