Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, visited the RICOH Women’s British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on Saturday, 30th July.
Reinforcing Scotland’s support of women’s golf, she posed for a photograph with the Curtis Cup trophy which will be played at Nairn in 2012. She was joined by Louise Martin, Chair of sportscotland; Shona Malcolm, Chief Executive of the Ladies Golf Union; and George Asher, Championship Committee, Nairn 2012. EventScotland is a proud supporter of the RICOH Women’s British Open and the Aberdeen Ladies Scottish Open which takes place at Archerfield Links from 18-20 August.
There was also time to visit the ‘Scotland the Home of Golf - Hole in One Challenge’. The free competition, funded through the Scottish Government’s year of Active Scotland, encourages spectators to have a go at emulating the world’s best female golfers who are competing in the third round of the tournament today.
Ms Hyslop said: “This is the only women’s major tournament currently played in Europe. Under a deal secured by EventScotland, it will be returning to Scotland for five of the next 10 years.
“That is a real coup for Scotland - which also plays host to The Ryder Cup in 2014 and the ideal way to promote Scotland around the world as ‘The Home of Golf’ whilst encouraging more people to get active and take up this great game.
“Golf tourism already contributes £220 million every year to the Scottish economy and supports over 4,000 jobs. Our unique golfing heritage is recognised around the world, and Scotland is the perfect stage for world-class golf events.”
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