Top golfer confirmed for 450th anniversary

Top ladies' golfer Catriona Matthew will be supporting the Montrose Links 450th Anniversary.
Top ladies' golfer Catriona Matthew will be supporting the Montrose Links 450th Anniversary.

Celebrations for Montrose Links’ 450th anniversary have been given a boost with an appearance by former Women’s British Open Champion Catriona Matthew.

She will visit the links on April 13 to officially launch the Medal course’s newly laid out 12th hole, which has been extended to 450 yards to commemorate the occasion.

Although details have yet to be confirmed, she will also conduct a golf clinic during her visit.

The event is one of series, ranging from an exhibition in Montrose Museum to special competitions, which has been organised between March and October, concentrating on the golfing season to mark the historic milestone in the town’s golfing life.

Ms Matthew is no stranger to the links courses as she won the prestigious Munross Trophy ladies’ championship four times between 1988 and 1992 while ranked as the country’s top amateur lady golfer. The anniversary organising committee is also hoping to attract other big name golfers to take part in its celebrations.

David May, convener of the 450th committee, said her visit to Montrose will help to publicise the 450th anniversary more widely.

He said: “A lot of work by the committee has gone into organising this so to getting someone of Catriona’s stature is a huge boost. The fact she’s conducting a golf clinic will be of benefit to many golfers in the town. It will also be beneficial to the course and tourism generally. The golf committee is really delighted to have secured her.”