A new era in the distinguished history of the Barclays Scottish Open will begin when the championship moves north from Loch Lomond to Castle Stuart Golf Links near Inverness from July 7-10.
And as a prelude to the tenth edition of the prestigious event with Barclays as title sponsor, a brand new trophy befitting the world class calibre of the event - appropriately designed and fashioned exclusively in Scotland by Hamilton & Inches - was unveiled in Edinburgh today by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.
The First Minister visited the flagship store of Hamilton and Inches, Scotland’s leading luxury jeweller and silversmith, where he, along with George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, and Ian Stuart, Head of Barclays Corporate UK, were met by Stephen Paterson, Managing Director of Hamilton & Inches. The superb new Barclays Scottish Open trophy, which is a traditional Scottish Quaich - or drinking vessel - a historic symbol of Scottish welcome and hospitality, will be presented to the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open champion on Sunday, July 10.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Scotland is known worldwide as The Home of Golf, and the Barclays Scottish Open is another chance to showcase some of the best of Scotland to the rest of the world. The eyes of millions of golf fans across the globe will be on the tournament's new home at Castle Stuart as some of the game's top names compete on this spectacular course.
"This beautiful new trophy takes the form of a quaich, a traditional symbol of the warm welcome for which Scotland is renowned. It has been designed and made exclusively here in Scotland, reflecting the very best of our country's artistic inspiration and craftsmanship. It is a world class trophy for a world class event."
O’Grady commented: “The Barclays Scottish Open has a long and celebrated heritage, and from next month the championship will also have a challenging links venue on the shores of the Moray Firth and an impressive new trophy by Hamilton & Inches, both entirely in keeping with the stature of the event.
“We are delighted that the First Minister is so supportive of what has become a truly world class golf tournament during a decade of Barclays sponsorship, and of the Tour’s exciting first venture to the Highlands of Scotland. The trophy is a symbol of friendship and hospitality and we will extend a very warm welcome to everyone visiting Castle Stuart for the 2011 Barclays Scottish Open next month.”
Designed and produced at the Company's workshops above their showroom in Edinburgh, the new trophy is the product of months of hard work and creativity.
Hamilton & Inches' in-house designer, Nicola Williams produced designs for a traditional Scottish Quaich; lidded and set with the emblem of the Scottish Open and a symbol of welcome and hospitality. Nicola's designs were then brought to life using a team of silversmiths, chasers, engravers and polishers headed up by workshop manager Jon Hunt, who has over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
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