450 celebrations continue

Catriona Matthew is pictured at the 11th hole with local golfers and (from left) golf professional Jason Boyd, David May and Montrose Links chairman Alan Crow.'Staff photo
Catriona Matthew is pictured at the 11th hole with local golfers and (from left) golf professional Jason Boyd, David May and Montrose Links chairman Alan Crow.'Staff photo

one OF the world’s top woman golfers officially opened the Medal Course’s extended 11th hole on Friday as part celebrations marking 450 years of golf in Montrose.

Former Women’s Open winner Catriona Matthew hit the first shot across the hole, which has been extended to 450 yards to mark the milestone in the course’s life and named the ‘James Melvill’ hole. Melvill was the first person to provide a written account of golf in the town, recording in his diary a golf lesson there in 1562.

During her visit Ms Matthew also conducted two free golf clinics, one for women golfers and a second for all season ticket holders, before enjoying an informal dinner at the Links Hotel with Angus Council officials and Montrose Links members.

She said: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to tee-off on the new hole. Montrose is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and to be involved in their 450th anniversary celebrations in any way is fantastic.

“It’s certainly one of the courses that I’m always asked about by the Americans on the tour and after the championship courses it’s the one that everybody wants to play.”

David May, 450 working group chairman, said Ms Matthew’s connection to the course made her the most appropriate choice to launch the new hole.

He said: “She is part of our history as she has won our ladies’ amateur Munross tournament on several occasions and by officially opening the hole she is playing a further part in the history golf in Montrose.”