Ryder Cup backing for ClubGolf

ClubGolf, the junior golf development programme in Scotland, was today given a ringing endorsement from Ryder Cup Europe when the dates for the 2014 match at Gleneagles were officially announced.

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On a historic day for Scottish Golf, it was revealed the Ryder Cup will take place at the world-renowned Perthshire venue from Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28, 2014. Final changes to the PGA Centenary Course, host venue for 2014, are being made this winter following the input of designer Jack Nicklaus, the world's greatest golfer.

It was also a significant day for the clubgolf programme, given the praise it achieved from some of the most notable figures in Scottish society and European golf.

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, speaking at the Dormy House at Gleneagles as the dates were revealed, compared the ClubGolf programme to having the same worldwide impact as legendary Spaniard Seve Ballesteros' famous chip shot, threaded between bunkers, on the 72nd hole of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1976.

Describing the ClubGolf initiative, created as a legacy of the 2014 Ryder Cup, Hills said: "We, as Ryder Cup, would like to congratulate you on the initiative of clubgolf. It's a shot which has rung out around the world in a similar way to Seve Ballesteros in 1976 at Birkdale.

"The initiative that you have undertaken with clubgolf is outstanding and we, as Ryder Cup, are very proud to be a part of it."

Hills added: "The engagement of Scotland to host the match has been outstanding. Three agencies, Event Scotland, Visit Scotland Scottish Enterprise, have been outstanding."

Hills was joined at the top table by Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, who expressed his delight at the milestone announcement of the dates for 2014 and also the success of the clubgolf programme.

Salmond said: "Ryder Cup Europe and the Scottish Government are together interested in the legacy effect of the amazing event that will be 2014 at Gleneagles, which includes ClubGolf.

"We firmly expect to be through the 40,000 mark this year in terms of the number of nine-year-olds in Scotland who are going to have the opportunity to pick up a golf club. We're absolutely convinced that the future of golf is to make sure every child in Scotland has the opportunity to play golf and then get the opportunity to go on with coaching.

"ClubGolf gives thousands of children in Scotland the chance to play golf, putting a club in the hands of every nine-year-old in the country, and the Scottish Government recently announced a £2 million investment in the programme to build on the legacy opportunity The Ryder Cup offers."

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business and producer of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, was today named as an Official Partner of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Diageo owns The Gleneagles Hotel, the host venue for the 40th staging of the biennial contest.

Also offering his backing to clubgolf, Peter Lederer, Chairman of Gleneagles Hotel, said: "Gleneagles and Diageo have a strong record in supporting youth golf development in Scotland and we are determined to use this sponsorship to contribute to the long-term positive legacy.

"The Ryder Cup generates for Scotland and Scottish golf."


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