South of Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod used her speech in a debate in Holyrood on the 2014 Ryder Cup to highlight what golf in Dumfries and Galloway has to offer and the opportunities that the evengt is providing.
In particular, Dr McLeod highlighted the achievements of local golfer Maria Cowan, 14, from Whauphill, who had the chance on Monday to play alongside Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley.
Dr McLeod said: “The debate was an opportunity to talk about the benefits that the 2014 Ryder Cup will bring to Scotland and I was keen to highlight the local work that is happening to capitalise on the Ryder Cup’s legacy.
“And of course I wanted in particular to mention that Maria had the opportunity to play golf alongside the Ryder Cup captains on Monday – one of only 16 young people across Scotland to have the opportunity. I am sure that it will have been a fantastic experience for her.
“Dumfries and Galloway has a huge amount to offer golf aficionados with 30 different courses or golf centres, many of which are set in stunning landscape. I hope that next year’s Ryder Cup, as well as being an opportunity to reinforce Scotland’s image as the home of golf, will also encourage more golfers to visit Dumfries and Galloway and enjoy some of the region’s hidden gems.”