Scotland’s golf industry comes together at The National Golf Forum

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Representatives from Scotland’s golf industry will come together at a national summit in July to discuss how best to capitalise on the 2014 Ryder Cup and an unprecedented run of major events at the Home of Golf.

The National Golf Forum, organised by the industry’s trade body Golf Tourism Scotland (GTS), will address key issues affecting the industry which is estimated to be worth around £220 million a year and responsible for more than 7,000 jobs.

Golf clubs, accommodation providers and tourism businesses are being reminded to book their places for the event at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club on July 3.

The opportunities presented by the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014 will form a large part of the discussions but there is plenty to cover with an exceptional sequence of tournaments that will see The Open Championship played on Scottish soil three times in the next four years.

“Scottish golf has been given a major boost by the R&A’s decision to host The Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016,” said GTS chairman Lee Derrick. “It adds to what is fast becoming a remarkable run of events beginning next year with The Open at Muirfield and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews continuing with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles moving on to The Open at St Andrews and concluding with The Open at Troon. These are huge events in golf and we must captialise on the media interest and the exposure that will result from them. That’s what the National Golf Forum is all about.”

The impressive line-up of speakers at the all-day forum will discuss and debate the unprecedented opportunities facing the Scottish golf industry while also providing practical ways of capitalising on these headline events. Confirmed speakers include Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, who will discuss the importance of golf to Scottish tourism and what can be done to ensure better co-ordination of marketing activities before, during and after the Ryder Cup. In a similar vain John Parker, director of Ryder Cup Travel Services, will outline specific opportunities surrounding the tournament for golf businesses.

“Our objective was to secure a line-up who could offer insight and guidance to the industry,” noted Derrick. “The speakers at The National Golf Forum fit the bill perfectly. After all, this is a summit about providing practical and best-practice guidance that will help businesses get the most out of the next three years. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, so we want to make it count.”

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TEGWEN Matthews and Amy Boulden Spark Curtis Cup Triump

TEGWEN Matthews and Amy Boulden were in Curtis Cup heaven last night after helping break the 16-year American stranglehold on the event at Nairn Golf Club.

Matthews, who played in four successive Curtis Cups between 1974 and 1980, saw her Great Britain and Ireland team stage a brilliant last-day surge on the north east coast of Scotland in the singles to turn a one-point deficit into a 10.5-8.5 victory.

And the Royal Porthcawl and Wenvoe Castle golfer witnessed 18-year-old north Walian Amy Boulden epitomise the fighting spirit from her GB&I team as the newly-crowned Scottish Open amateur strokeplay champbattled back from two down after five for a 3&1 success over Emily Tubert in match two.

Further wins from Kelly Tidy, who was three down after six, Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and the clincher from Stephanie Meadow gave GB&I their first win over America since their 1996 success at Killarney.

And this is believed to be the first time since 1956 that the United States have lost a Curtis Cup match after leading into the final set of singles.

The Ryder Cup, Walker Cup, Solheim Cup and Curtis Cup all rest on this side of the Atlantic.

The Olympic Torch (unlit) was on the first tee and it really sparked the flame of fighting spirit among Tegwen’s troopers.

In dull, overcast conditions Boulden saw Tubert, a student at Arkansas State University and a player who hit seventh spot in the world amateur rankings, birdie three of the opening five holes for a two-hole lead.

Boulden was able to halve the long second in birdie fours and the Welsh champion fought her way back by winning three holes in a row – a birdie at the ninth, a birdie at the 10th and a par at the 11th putting her one up for the first time.

After her great run Boulden bogeyed both the 12th and 13th, losing the 12th to be pulled back to all square but halving the next.

Boulden was back in the driving seat when she won the 14th with a par three, halved the next in birdie three and was then conceded the 16th to be two up with three to play.

Boulden clinched the spoils with a par at the 17th for a 3&1 victory margin.

The Welsh player was roughly level par at the finish.

Meadow, who is from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, and counts Rory McIlroy among her friends, had the honour of bring the Curtis Cup back to these shores in match seven against Amy Anderson.

Meadow birdied the 10th to go one up and, although she lost the 12th to a birdie, the momentum was with the Alabama University student. She won the 13th on a concession, the 15th with a birdie and clinched a notable 4&2 win at the 16th.

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