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Scotland to host International Pairs

8.15am 1st November 2002 - Travel

The’Home of Golf’ has secured the finals of the International Pairs tournament for the next three years.

Now entering its fifth year, the International Pairs, for amateur club golfers, is the largest golf tournament of its kind in the world, attracting around 60,000 entrants, 3000 of whom make it to the semi- finals.

By hosting the semi-finals and the grand final each year, this event will generate around £1 million for the local economy in Scotland with potential further visits throughout the year generating a further £2 million.

Philip Riddle, chief executive of VisitScotland, said, ” Golf is an important market for Scotland, generating around £119 million per annum. By hosting this event, Scotland will have a huge opportunity to attract new golfing visitors, particularly from our biggest market – the UK.

“The International Pairs is a chance for us to draw attention to some of our country’s lesser known courses. VisitScotland is proud to show its support to allow us to reinforce and promote Scotland’s credentials as a world-class golfing destination.”

Ross Honey, founder of the International Pairs, said, “I am delighted that thousands of golfers from across the UK will be able to enjoy playing their beloved game in the home of golf. As a Scotsman, I am particularly pleased that the Pairs is heading to my homeland. It has been a privilege to work with the team at VisitScotland who have helped secure the future of the International Pairs north of the border.

“Scotland has many of the world’s finest golf courses, not all of which are household names, and we hope to give many of them the opportunity to welcome new visitors. Scotland is a nation with golf in its soul and I’m delighted that the International Pairs is coming home.”

For 2003, the semi-finals will take place in Fife, Perthshire and Angus & Dundee, with the Sky TV televised Grand Final taking place at St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa.

Scotland Tourism www.visitscotland.com

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