Young golfers are being invited to take part in a masterclass led by some of the world’s top female players at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open presented by EventScotland.
The ClubGolf Masterclass takes place during the tournament at Archerfield Links Golf Club in Dirleton, East Lothian on Friday 29 August.
Girls and boys aged between nine and 17 will be given the chance to meet the professionals and learn some top tips during the hour-long session organised by the national junior development programme. Places are limited to 50 on a first-come-first-served basis so early booking is essential. They and their families can also enjoy all the day’s action on the course with free entry and parking.
The tournament attracts some of the world’s top-ranked golfers, including former Women’s British Open winner and Solheim Cup hero, Catriona Matthew. The North Berwick player and ClubGolf Ambassador, who has lifted the title on two occasions, said:
“I enjoy playing in the Scottish Open as I don’t play in Scotland very often, and being at Archerfield it’s even better as it means I can compete in a tour event and stay at home.
“It was great to win the tournament last year in front of local crowd and wonderful to have my family there to share it with me.”
Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing is one of the Ladies European Tour players who took part in last year’s Masterclass.
She said: “It's a great opportunity for local kids to try out golf and get up close and personal with some of the pros during the clinics. I enjoy trying to inspire the kids and in turn I feel they remind me to keep having fun out there. It's a neat experience!
“I'm really looking forward to returning to Archerfield for the Scottish Ladies Open. It's a great venue and it's especially fun for me being so close to home. ”
The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is the only annual professional Ladies European Tour event in Scotland and takes place from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August. The event's unique pro-am format involves 70 amateurs and celebrities teeing up alongside 70 of the world’s top female golfers over 54-holes.
The Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association will also be holding a masterclass for junior girls at the tournament which Chairman Beth Paterson believes is a great opportunity to see quality players.
She said: “It was such an honour to be invited to compete last year and whether you’re watching or playing, the Scottish Open really has a unique atmosphere. It’s rare in professional sport to get so close to the action, so it’s a great chance for aspiring young golfers to walk round the course and see how the top players tackle each shot, or how they deal with weather conditions during a tournament.”
ClubGolf Manager, Jackie Davidson added: “It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, the Ladies’ European Tour players are an inspiration to everyone young and old who plays golf or who is perhaps thinking of taking up the sport.
“We’re delighted some of the pros are giving their time during a tournament to lead a ClubGolf masterclass. If you are not one of the lucky juniors taking part, you can still learn as you watch them on the course and with free admission, it’s a great event for families.”
Junior golfers taking part in the masterclass must have their own clubs, appropriate clothing for the weather, and be available at Archerfield from 3.45pm on Friday 29 August. To book one of the 50 available places, email the name of child, their age, parent/guardian name and a contact telephone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the tournament can be found at www.ladiesscottishopen.com.