Top golfer to inaugurate 450 hole

Catriona Matthew, who will visit Montrose on Friday.
Catriona Matthew, who will visit Montrose on Friday.

MONTROSE Medal Course’s new ‘James Melvill’ hole will be officially opened by top women’s golfer Catriona Matthew on Friday as part of the Montrose 450 celebrations.

The course’s 11th hole has been extended to 450 yards to commemorate 450 years of golf in the town and named after the schoolboy who gave the first written reference, recollecting a golf lesson he had on the links in 1562.

Carnoustie Country Ambassador and winner of the 2009 Ricoh British Women’s Open, Catriona this week said she was honoured to have been asked to officially open the redesigned hole.

She said: “I’ve played many fabulous rounds of golf on Montrose Medal and this 450-yard hole will provide a lasting reminder of the town’s 450 years of golfing heritage to every golfer who plays the course.”

As well as hitting the first shot across the lengthened 11th hole, Catriona will also hold two free Carnoustie Country golf clinics, one for lady golfers and one for all golfers.

The Carnoustie Country clinics on April 13 will be primarily for Montrose Links season ticket holders, with the first session at 3.35pm being for lady golfers and the 5.30pm session open to all Montrose Links season ticket holders. Alan Crow, chairman of Montrose Links, added: “However, we’d love any other local golfers or visiting golfers to come along. This is a fabulous opportunity to obtain tips and advice from one today’s top golfers.”