While much of the attention has fallen on Gleneagles staging of The 40th Ryder Cup, The 2014 Junior Ryder Cup will also take place in Perthshire - at Blairgowrie Golf Club - and promises to be a great start to The Ryder Cup week in Scotland.
Only a 20 minute drive from Perth, the event is free to enter, and has in the past successfully launched the careers of players such as Sergio Garcia, Suzann Pettersen, Rory McIlroy, Nicolas Colsaerts and Scotland’s very own Carly Booth. Indeed American Jordan Spieth, who played in The 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, has a great chance of making the American team for The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Founded in 1889, the original Rosemount Course was designed by Dr Alister McKenzie, the renowned architect of many golfing masterpieces around the world including Augusta National in Georgia, home since 1934 to the Masters Tournament. Redesigned in 1930 by James Braid, Rosemount has played host to a number of prestigious professional and amateur tournaments over the years. It was the scene of Greg Norman’s first European Tour win in 1977.
Aside from the 24 competitors, Blairgowrie Golf Club can also anticipate welcoming a host of schoolchildren who have been inspired to take up the game by Scotland's Junior Golf Development Programme, ClubGolf, which was initiated by Ryder Cup Europe in 2003 as a key component of Scotland's successful Ryder Cup bid and which has become part of the Scottish Government's pledge to introduce every child in Scotland to golf by the age of nine.
We look forward to welcoming you to Blairgowrie on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September and see you lining the fairways of the Rosemount Course to support the up and coming stars of European and American golf.