Over 2000 golfing enthusiasts turned out to see Colin Montgomerie open the clubhouse at Romanby Golf and Country Club in North Yorkshire.
The Ryder Cup star also gave a one-hour clinic on the driving range before having lunch with club members and playing nine holes with a selection of Club champions, invited guests and winners of the Callaway competition. After a short opening ceremony in which he unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, Colin Montgomerie signed and presented one of his clubs, a Callaway Hawkeye driver, to be displayed at the new Clubhouse.
“It’s a great honour to come back to Yorkshire and see the wonderful facilities that have been developed here”, the seven times European Order of Merit Winner said. “This is a beautiful county and you certainly have a great location here at Romanby. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of happy years here.”
Brian Craven, Managing Director of Romanby Golf Club, said: “It has been a long time coming but we’ve had a wonderful day here. I would like to thank everyone for coming along, especially Colin, who has made this a wonderful occasion for everyone connected with Romanby Golf Club.”
Susan Ellis, Romanby Ladies Club Champion, was one of those who had the honour of playing three holes with Colin Montgomerie on the back nine. She said it was a wonderful day for everyone involved. “It was fantastic to see everything that the Club has worked for come to fruition and it was a great day to be part of. It was the definitely the most enjoyable and nerve wracking experience of my life and I will never forget it. I certainly picked up a few useful tips going around the course, and the clinic was excellent for everyone who came along.”