Montrose highly praised by international golfers

20110512- Carnoustie Country Classic presentation evening. Prize winners were presented with their trophies by Angus Deputy Provost Peter Murphy at a dinner at the Park Hotel, Montrose. Gents champion Ian Pettigrew from Keswick Golf Club and Ladies champion Jean Dalton from Meon Valley Golf Club pictured with their trophies. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

20110512- Carnoustie Country Classic presentation evening. Prize winners were presented with their trophies by Angus Deputy Provost Peter Murphy at a dinner at the Park Hotel, Montrose. Gents champion Ian Pettigrew from Keswick Golf Club and Ladies champion Jean Dalton from Meon Valley Golf Club pictured with their trophies. ' '"Andy Thompson Photography",'Copyright Andy Thompson Photography, 'No use without payment, 'www.atimages.com

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ALL EYES were on Montrose last week, once again the centre of the Carnoustie Country Golf Classic tournament.

For six days the town hosted 110 golfers competing in this year’s prestigious golf tournament; the Carnoustie Country Classic, played over four of the best links courses in the world.

The tournament, which was played at Montrose Medal, Monifieth Medal, Panmure and Carnoustie Championship golf courses, attracted golfers from the USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland and the UK.

A large number of competitors voted the world’s fifth oldest golf course – Montrose - as their favourite, saying it felt more like a true links course.

Montrose golf pro Jason Boyd said: “There was a lot more clothing bought this year.” He opened his shop at 7am on Thursday to allow a couple of Danish competitors time to purchase clubs before their final day’s play.

On the Tuesday evening, a whisky tasting event was held in the Park Hotel.

Over 70 competitors attended the event including nine golfers from ‘The Right Honourable Gentleman Golfers Whisky Association of March 19th 2003’ in Sweden. All week they played their golf wearing plus fours in McDonald Tartan, with matching coloured socks, shirts and sweaters and McDonald Tartan golf caps.

A new category was introduced for the over-65s and this was won by a new competitor to the event, Tony O’Shea from Carlow Golf Club in Ireland.

He said: “I have enjoyed the event so much I intend returning next year to defend the trophy and hope to bring some friends back with me.”