Friday, 19 June 2009
On course for the 138th Open Golf Championship at Turnberry
ARRANGEMENTS are well under way for The 138th Open Championship which takes place at Turnberry on 16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2009.
South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder said: “The Open Championship is one of the world’s premier annual sporting events which attracts golfers and supporters from all over the world. It helps to boost our local economy and will put the spotlight firmly on South Ayrshire once again. It will be a memorable occasion for visitors and local people.
“People from around the globe will watch the Open Championship on television and will be able to see the magnificent course, surrounding scenery and views over the Firth of Clyde. I believe that many people will be inspired to come and visit South Ayrshire after watching the Championship on television.
“2009 is the year of the Homecoming, two of the Homecoming pillars being golf and Robert Burns, so it is very significant that The Open Championship, a Signature Event, is being held in South Ayrshire.
“I would encourage people to make a date in their diary to attend the Championship, drink in the atmosphere and enjoy watching the top golfers in the world take part in a thrilling competition.”
South Ayrshire has had a strong connection with The Open since the event began, as the first Open Championship was played over three rounds of Prestwick’s 12 hole course on 17 October 1860. The event was inspired by the Earl of Eglinton and Colonel James Fairlie, and at their instigation the members of Prestwick contributed funds for an extravagant belt of red leather adorned with silver buckle and decorations. Since then, Prestwick, Turnberry and Royal Troon, all located within South Ayrshire, have hosted the event on many occasions.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, from the R&A said: “Preparations for the Open Championship at Turnberry are well under way. For months we have been working closely with South Ayrshire Council over arrangements for The Championship to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. I would like to thank South Ayrshire Council for their assistance, as well as our many other partners who have been very supportive in making the arrangements.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to go to Turnberry to watch the Championship. It is a real family event, and a chance to watch world class players in action.”
Local Final Qualifying rounds are scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 July 2009 for some of the last remaining places in The Open Championship. Competitions will be held at Glasgow Gailes, Kilmarnock Barassie and Western Gailes. Admission and car parking for spectators, but only during the qualifying rounds, is free.
Tickets for the Championship days may be purchased in advance by telephone (01334 460010) or online (www.opengolf.com). Tickets for the Open may also be purchased on arrival at Turnberry, with the paygates remaining open throughout much of each day.
Further information can be found by logging on to South Ayrshire Council’s website at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk and other linked sites including the official Open site at www.opengolf.com
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