450 celebrations

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MONTROSE Golf Links opened a weekend of celebration of the 450th anniversary of its founding with a civic reception at the Park Hotel on Saturday.

Guest of honour was the Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald.

Alan Crow, chairman of Montrose Links, commented: “Our weekend of celebration of 450 years of golf in Montrose began with the civic reception hosted by the provost Helen Oswald at the Park Hotel and we are very grateful to Angus Council for this.

“Our thanks are also due to the council for all their support in various ways of our 450 events and during the weekend for their donation, through Carnoustie Country, of the antique hickory shafted putter of the overall winner.

“We are also grateful to Robert Ritchie who sponsored all the other prizes of the winners of all the categories of the individual competitions.“

Jason Boyd, Montrose Golf Professional added: “Our aim was to have 450 golfers playing over our two courses during the weekend.

“We were relieved to say that for most of the weekend the weather was good and as a result we greatly exceeded this number.

“The final total was 522.

“As well as having a very large numbers of local golfers playing, we were pleased to welcome golfers from as far afield as Italy, London, Stirling, Inverurie, Renfrewshire and Duff House Royal.”

David May, chairman of the 450 group commented: “We were delighted to receive a commemorative glass vase from Margaret McNaughton, President of the SLGA, and a silver quaich from Alistair Low, captain of the R & A, who was the guest speaker at our dinner in the park Hotel on Saturday evening.

“The auction at the dinner was a huge success, as the money raised will be shared between supporting junior golf in Montrose and the Paul Lawrie foundation.”

Ronnie Salmond won the antique hickory shafted putter which was donated by Carnoustie Country for the highest points total on the medal in the stableford competition.

l See page 30 for the list of winners from the 450 celebrations weekend.