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MONTROSE 450 JUNIOR DAY OF GOLF TO ENSURE GOLFING LEGACY CONTINUES

Posted onJuly 5, 2012

MONTROSE 450 JUNIOR DAY OF GOLF TO ENSURE GOLFING LEGACY CONTINUES

MONTROSE 450 JUNIOR DAY OF GOLF TO ENSURE GOLFING LEGACY CONTINUESThroughout 2012, Montrose 450 is celebrating golf being played on Montrose Links for 450 years. However, as well as commemorating Montrose’s rich golfing history and heritage, Montrose 450 is also helping to ensure the continued success of the game locally by being heavily involved in the development of junior golf throughout Angus.

“In conjunction with sponsors GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose Round Table and Carnoustie Country, we are holding a Junior Day of Golf on Tuesday, July 17, 2012,” said David May, chair of the Montrose 450 committee.  “This will feature eight competitions for junior golfers of all ages and skill levels, as well as providing youngsters who have never played golf before with a chance to try out this popular sport – and it’s all free.”

Jason Boyd, golf professional at Montrose Links, explained that junior golfers will be able to compete on the Montrose Medal and Montrose Broomfield Golf Courses, as well as participating in a putting competition. “During our Junior Day of Golf, Angus Council Sports Development Team will be providing free Tri Golf sessions to potential, new and novice golfers at Montrose Links, which will be followed by nine holes on the newly-refurbished South Links Pitch and Putt Course. This is an excellent chance for youngsters to find out what golf is all about – and just how much fun it can be – without paying a penny.”

In addition, Angus Council is providing nine Angus golf clubs with free transport for twenty of their junior golfers to Montrose Links on July 17. “However you don’t need to be a junior member of a local golf club to participate in Montrose 450’s Junior Day of Golf,” stressed Jason. “This event is open to all youngsters – locals and visitors, golfers and non-golfers – and everyone who participates will receive a special medal. To join in with the free golfing activities on offer, simply turn up at the Professional Shop at Montrose Links on July 17.”

Councillor Mairi Evans, Carnoustie Country spokesperson, expressed her hope that youngsters from across Angus will take full advantage of this special day at Montrose Links. “Montrose Links’ 450 years of golfing heritage is one of the reasons Carnoustie Country, which covers 30 courses in and around Angus, is considered the cradle of golf,” said Cllr Evans. “Initiatives such as Montrose 450’s Junior Day of Golf will help to ensure golf remains as popular with future generations as it has been for the previous 450 years!”

For more information about Montrose 450 Junior Golf Day, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk or call 01674 672634 . To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

Posted onMarch 6, 2012

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

In 1562, a Montrose schoolboy, James Melvill, wrote in his diary that he’d been taught how to use ‘the glub for goff’ on Montrose Links by his school master, Reverend William Gray. Exactly 450 years later, golf remains the favoured activity on Montrose Links – and this is to be celebrated in the Angus town from April 2012 onwards.

Montrose 450, as the year of celebration has been named, will highlight this historic milestone in the town’s golfing history and will feature several special events on and around the Montrose Links’ golf courses -Broomfield and Montrose Medal, one of Carnoustie Country’s Open qualifying courses and the fifth oldest golf course in the world.

The fascinating history of golf in Montrose over the last 450 years is littered with anecdotes. For example, in 1629, the Marquis of Montrose abandoning his young bride only days after their wedding to play golf on the Links; 18th century gentry betting massive sums on a round played at night; and the golfers’ struggle over the centuries to save Montrose Links from the plough.

 David May is chair of the group representing the three Montrose golf clubs organising the year of celebration. “Montrose 450 will kick off on Monday, 2 April, with a re-enactment of James Melvill and Reverend Gray’s 1562 game of golf on Montrose Links,” David revealed. “Golf may well have been played in Montrose before then but James Melvill’s note in his diary is the first recorded mention of the game in the town.”

The 450th anniversary celebrations will continue on Friday, 13 April when former Women’s British Open Champion Catriona Matthew will officially open Montrose Medal’s redesigned 11th hole, which has been extended to 450 yards. In addition, Ms Matthew will be conducting a golf clinic, providing local and visiting golfers with opportunities to pick up tips from one of the UK’s top golfers.

 

On 28 April, Montrose Museum’s 450 Exhibition will open and will run until 16 June. This exhibition will cover 450 years of golf in Montrose and will also feature a variety of golfing photos and artefacts from the Angus Museums Collection, Montrose golf clubs and members of the public.

In June, a Weekend of Celebration will take place, with golfers from across the UK participating in golf competitions and other special events to mark 450 years of golf in Montrose.

Jason Boyd, PGA golf professional at Montrose, explained that there will be several Montrose 450 golfing competitions during 2012, including a Pro-Am Tournament on 21 July and an Open Week, sponsored by Astute, from 23 - 27 July. “During the Open Week, around 300 golfers – Gents, Ladies and Juniors – will compete over five days,” said Jason, who added that, on October 6, the customary end of season Open Tri-Am Tournament will include the closing ceremony for Montrose 450.

As well as celebrating Montrose’s golfing past, Montrose 450 aims to promote golf’s future through a series of initiatives designed to encourage and support young golfers. “The Legacy Project is a key aspect of Montrose 450,” said Jason. “This will include the Junior Open Day, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and Montrose Round Table, which we’re hoping will attract young golfers from all over Angus, and also the soon-to-be opened, redeveloped pitch and putt course at Montrose Links.

“Thanks to GlaxoSmithKline funding, junior golfers won’t have to pay to use this course, which should help to ensure Montrosians’ 450-year love affair with golf continues for another 450 years.”

For more information about Montrose 450, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk. To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.

 


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