Golf international attracts more than 50 entries

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MORE than 50 golfers teed off in Montrose last week for a Tartan Day International golf challenge.

The golfers - from China, South Africa and the UK - played the tournament over the prized golf courses of Montrose, Carnoustie, St Andrews and Gleneagles.

The annual event is organised by Angus Council as part of its drive to make Carnoustie Country the destination of choice for international leisure golfers.

The council’s golf tourism spokesman, Councillor David May, welcomed the competitors to the Medal course yesterday for the first round.

He said: “This year’s field includes a group from a new company, Apex International, which was set up following last year’s tournament with the express purpose of bringing golf tours to Carnoustie Country. They were so impressed by what we have on offer here.

“Not only are they back at this year’s Tartan Day tournament they are returning later in the year with other groups of leisure golfers, keen to experience Carnoustie Country golf.

“This is a great result which will bring visitors and money into the area and is exactly what we’ve been working for with our marketing of Carnoustie Country.”

Councillor May said he believed 2011 was shaping up to be another bumper year for golf in Angus.

“We’ve got the Ricoh Women’s Open in July which has a fantastic profile and will attract thousands of spectators as well a huge global television audience.

“Before that we have the annual Carnoustie Country Classic, an established four-day amateur tournament that will bring over 140 club golfers to stay and play in Angus in May.

“All of this is in addition to the work being done by individual clubs to attract visitors and develop Carnoustie Country’s reputation as the place for leisure golfers. The council is working very closely with clubs, as part of a golf industry group, where together we are developing and marketing new, accessible and affordable golf tourism opportunities in the county.”