The 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open has been named Sporting Event of the Year at the prestigious Sunday Mail Sports Awards.
The event, staged at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire in July, delivered a world-class field featuring seven of the world’s top 10 players and drawing TV audiences from around the globe.
For the first time the event was co-sanctioned between the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA and judges at the Sunday Mail Sports Awards were impressed with the innovative and collaborative approach, which also saw the event played at the same venue as the men’s Scottish Open to allow for joint marketing initiatives and shared event infrastructure.
Scottish golfing legend Paul Lawrie was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sunday Mail Scottish Sports Awards just seven months before the Aberdonian returns to the scene of his most famous victory for The 147th Open at Carnoustie in July 2018. Lawrie, who lifted the Claret Jug in dramatic circumstances in 1999, was recognised for his outstanding career which has also included two Ryder Cup appearances as well as multiple European Tour victories.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “This is a tremendous accolade for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open and is testament to the collaborative and innovative approach raising the profile of women’s golf not just in Scotland but internationally.
“Our EventScotland team has worked hard with partners at Aberdeen Asset Management, the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA and IMG to grow the Ladies Scottish Open and to have that recognised with this award is fantastic.
“I’m also delighted to congratulate Paul Lawrie on his well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been an inspiration to so many in Scotland for many years and it is fitting that he receives the recognition ahead of The Open returning to Carnoustie in July 2018.”
Other finalists in the Sporting Event of the Year category were the World Badminton Championships and the European Rugby Champions Cup Final weekend.