Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie have added their considerable support to the establishment of the first European Challenge Tour event to be staged in Scotland for 12 years, the Scottish Challenge, to be played at the magnificent Murcar Links Golf Club from July 6-9 2006.
The €200,000 tournament, which will be funded in the main by EventScotland, the national organisation for sports and cultural events, has been conceived as a direct result of Scotland’s successful bid to host the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
As well as enlisting the invaluable support of EventScotland, the Scottish Challenge, which will occupy a prime position on the 2006 Challenge Tour Schedule and take place the week before The Barclays Scottish Open, will have backing from Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Enterprise Grampian, the Stewart Milne Group, media partners the Aberdeen Press and Journal.
Murcar Links Golf Club is a proven championship course in the finest of Scottish traditions. Established in 1909 to the design of Archie Simpson, with later refinements by five time Open Champion James Braid, Murcar has frequently featured in the top 100 courses in the British Isles.
The Scottish Challenge is part of a wide ranging programme of events drawn up as a direct result of Scotland’s successful bid to host The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. A key focus of that bid was to support the development of golf throughout the younger age ranges. The most tangible result of this has been the establishment of the ClubGolf junior development programme, supported by the Scottish Executive through SportScotland.
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