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Ryder Cup completes Trophy Tour with dramatic arrival at Gleneagles

Press Release   •   Sep 11, 2014 10:17 BST

A 17-year-old junior golfer from South Queensferry, Kayleigh Singer, today (10 September) brought The 2014 Ryder Cup Trophy Tour to a dramatic close as she officially delivered the iconic Ryder Cup Trophy to The Gleneagles Hotel, flying in by helicopter.

After landing on the hotel croquet lawn, the ClubGolf graduate completed the trophy tour in front of around 1,000 assembled hotel staff, Ryder Cup employees and contractors at the 1st tee of the PGA Centenary Course.

Having started playing golf at the age of 13, Kayleigh was chosen to represent the 300,000 children introduced to golf through the ClubGolf scheme. She formally handed over the iconic trophy to Patrick Elsmie, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel.

Kayleigh Singer said: 

“I have had so many great experiences in golf since joining the ClubGolf programme, but this just takes it to another level. I still can’t believe I was picked from the hundreds of thousands of ClubGolf kids to present The Ryder Cup Trophy to Gleneagles. I have my fingers crossed that my favourite golfer Stephen Gallacher will be holding the very same trophy come September 28th!” 

Taking in the four corners of Scotland in just five days, and covering golf courses stretching from Dumfries & Galloway to Shetland, the official Ryder Cup Trophy Tour has given thousands of golf fans in some of the most rural locations in Scotland a chance to get up close and personal with one of the most prestigious trophies in global sport.

The Official Ryder Cup Trophy Tour celebrates the legacy of The 2014 Ryder Cup, reflecting a range of issues from youth participation in the sport to encouraging tourism. The courses visited included the most Northerly, Southerly, Easterly and Westerly ClubGolf courses in Scotland.

Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director said: 

“The legacy of The Ryder Cup is important to everyone connected with the event. We have worked hard to ensure this will be the best Ryder Cup ever, not only in terms of the number of people we welcome on course each day but also in terms of its wider benefits.

“ClubGolf has brought the game to hundreds of thousands of children across Scotland who might otherwise have never picked up a club. At the same time, our innovative education resource has helped students learn important topics from maths, history and science through golf themes. We are rightly proud of these achievements and look forward to a thrilling event here at Gleneagles in just a few weeks’ time.”

Patrick Elsmie, Managing Director of The Gleneagles Hotel, said: 

“With just two weeks to go until the teams from Europe and US arrive, everyone at Gleneagles is eagerly anticipating the competition ahead. The PGA Centenary Course is looking fantastic, the infrastructure is well on its way, and we are primed to deliver a wonderful event. All who visit Gleneagles are already enjoying the extra buzz around the resort and having the trophy on display will be the icing on the cake. We look forward to extending a warm Scottish welcome to everyone involved in the Ryder Cup.”

The 2014 Ryder Cup Trophy Tour was supported by VisitScotland, as the official Ryder Cup helicopter took in the nation’s spectacular scenery and visited courses also chosen for their tourism and environmental connections.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said:

“It has been an absolute joy to follow the progress of The Ryder Cup Trophy Tour as it flew right around the country, visiting some of Scotland’s most incredible golf courses. From the level of turnout and excitement at each stop, it’s clear that there is a huge buzz around Scotland in anticipation of hosting The Ryder Cup, one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Having visited the most northern, southern, eastern and western courses participating in the ClubGolf programme, it is incredibly exciting to see this world-famous trophy finally landing in dramatic fashion at Gleneagles.

Hosting The 2014 Ryder Cup will not only further enhance Scotland’s position as The Home of Golf, but the legacy and economic benefits are set to be felt right across Scotland, not just in the accommodation sector but also travel and transport, Scottish food and drink suppliers, attractions and a wide range of businesses throughout the industry. Tourism is one of the country’s most important industries and we must use major events, like The Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games, as a springboard for economic success in the future.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Grayling (on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe) by email at rydercup@grayling.com or call:

Laura McKenzie – 07515 975 376

Rory MacDonald – 07860 752 450

Martin Allen – 07894 462 170

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