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The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Tom Lehman takes Turnberry time out to promote Troon Junior Open

US golfing legend Tom Lehman took time out from practice day at Turnberry ahead of The Senior Open Championship to encourage young golfers to sign up for the 2012 Troon Junior Open for the Tom Lehman Trophies.

[Tom Lehman is pictured at the Seniors Open with young golfers, South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, Councillors and officers from South Ayrshire Council and others looking forward to the 2012 Troon Junior Open for the Tom Lehman Trophies.]

Organised by South Ayrshire Council’s Golf South Ayrshire and Buzzworks, the 2012 Troon Junior Open will be played over the Darley, Fullarton and Lochgreen courses in Troon on Tuesday 7 August.

And – with top golf prizes worth £2,500 on offer – it’s one not to be missed!

Tom helped establish the competition, which is recognised as one of the top events for young golfers in the UK, after playing the Open Championship at Royal Troon in 1997 and donating a sum of money for junior golf.

Open to golfers under 18 years of age on 1 January 2012, this superb one-day tournament offers both scratch and handicap prizes including the Tom Lehman Trophies – two replica silver claret jugs – for the boy and girl with the lowest scratch score.

These fantastic claret jugs joined Tom at Turnberry, who said: “It’s great to be back in Scotland and I’m very proud to have my name associated with junior golf through the competition at Troon.

“Competitions like the Troon Junior Open are a terrific starting ground for young golfers and give you the chance to become a better player and a better person – and even to win these wonderful silver claret jugs.

“This is the first opportunity I’ve had to see them in person and it’s easy to see why any young golfer would want to compete for them. I hope all juniors who love golf and love to compete take the opportunity to enter the Troon Junior Open and I’ll be keeping an eye out to see who wins!”

Delighted to be joining Tom were two of this year’s Troon Junior Open entrants Lauren Gilbert, aged 14, from Largs Golf Club and Andrew Gordon, aged 13, from Belleisle Juniors Golf Club.

Lauren Gilbert said: “I played in the Tom Lehman competition last year and when I got a chance from South West Ayrshire to come and meet Tom Lehman in person it was a great pleasure to accept the invitation.  As we have always held Tom Lehman as one of the greatest golfers we only hope that he does well at the British Seniors this year.”

Andrew Gordon said: “I watch Tom Lehman on television many times so it is fantastic to meet him today in person. My friends and I are all looking forward to playing in the Junior competition at Troon, which is named after him, and I hope he plays well at Turnberry this week.”

[Pictured discussing the  2012 Troon Junior Open for the Tom Lehman Trophies at the Seniors Open are (left to right) Lauren Gilbert, Tom Lehman, Andrew Gordon and South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie.]

Also lending her support to the Troon Junior Open was South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie, who will present the Tom Lehman trophies to the winners on 7 August.

Provost Moonie said: “We pride ourselves on being the home of Open Golf and it’s wonderful that as we host the Senior Open Championship for the eighth time over the last 25 years – a record seventh time at Turnberry – Tom is taking the time to encourage the next generation of golfers to take part in the Troon Junior Open.

“I hope young golfers the length and breadth of the country take Tom’s comments on board and come along and take part in what is sure to be a terrific day of golf in Troon.”

Buzzworks director Kenny Blair, added: “As a local company with golf very close to our heart, we are excited to hear Tom encourage entrants for his namesake tournament. It’s a great event that gives you a chance to show what you’re made of, so come along and help make the 2012 Tom Lehman tournament the best ever.”

Entry to the 2012 Troon Junior Open is only £5, which includes a free packed lunch and goody bag.

Entry forms and further information are available online at or by calling 01292 616255.

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The 2012 Troon Junior Open is organised in partnership between South Ayrshire Council’s Golf South Ayrshire and Buzzworks. Other supporting partners include Bunkered, Kestrel Press and TaylorMade.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Tom Watson unveils ‘Duel in the Sun’ tribute on the Ailsa Course and Greg Norman becomes honorary member of Turnberry Golf Club

The golfing legend Tom Watson has been honoured by Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, where he staged one of the most memorable victories of his career.

The American golfer, one of the greatest competitors in the history of the professional game, has today unveiled a plaque on the 18th fairway on Turnberry’s Ailsa Course to commemorate his 1977 victory in the Open Championship.
Tom is at the Ayrshire resort to compete in this week’s Senior Open Championship on the same course where he narrowly beat Jack Nicklaus 35 years ago in what has become known as the Duel in the Sun.

The 1977 Open is considered one of the most competitive and closely fought tournaments ever, with Watson and Nicklaus emerging well ahead of the rest of the field early in the championship. The two legends matched each other until the 18th hole, when Watson sank a two-foot putt to take the major title by one stroke.

He went on to win a total of five Open Championships and eight major titles in one of the most successful careers in the sport to date. Three years ago, in what was so close to being one of his greatest results ever, Watson, at the age of 59, finished second in the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry after a four-hole playoff against Stewart Cink.

Today, on the 18th fairway of the Ailsa Course, Tom unveiled a plaque which celebrates the 178 yard, 7 iron approach shot which he put within two feet of the pin to seal his iconic victory.

It was also announced that the Australian golfer Greg Norman is to become an honorary member of Turnberry Golf Club. Greg won a total of 88 titles in his golfing career, including the 1986 Open Championship at Turnberry, one of two major title wins.

Turnberry Resort General Manager, Jordi Tarrida said: “We all hold Tom Watson in the highest esteem. His victory in the Duel in the Sun is what really positions Turnberry as the iconic golf venue it has become. As a small token of our appreciation for what he has done for the image of golf at Turnberry we are delighted to commemorate and immortalise one of the great shots he made in that 1977 Open.

“Greg Norman has also made an immense contribution to the sport, and to the success of Turnberry as a global golfing destination. Honorary membership of our Golf Club is a heartfelt way of showing our gratitude for all he has done.”


Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Ayr Racecourse to feature Scouting for Girls at Ladies’ Night

By Iain Ferguson

There isn’t a more apt song than “She’s So Lovely” for Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night, and there’s not a better named band for the night than the outfit who perform it - Scouting For Girls.

The prolific chart toppers (pictured above) will appear on an outside stage in the Paddock area after racing on 11 August, and will play a full concert featuring all their best known and loved songs.

Drummer Pete Ellard took time off from recording the band’s new album to speak about his visit to Ayr and tell how much he and his band mates Roy Stride and Greg Churchouse are looking forward to the gig.

“We all love these racecourse gigs,” Pete admitted. “There’s something about the buzz and excitement of the races that runs off on us. I think the combination of racing and live music really works.

“We've played quite a few such concerts after racing, and they go down so well. I know we are all up for it, and I like to soak up the atmosphere beforehand.

“It’s fair to say I like a flutter, so I’ll defintely be studying the form to try and pick a few winners on the night.”

Scouting For Girls have certainly had more than a few winners of their own in the chart stakes in their time - songs like the aforementioned “She’s So Lovely”, “It’s Not About You”, “Elvis Ain’t Dead” and “Heartbeat”, plus two top-selling albums “Scouting For Girls” and “Everybody Wants To Be On TV” - and Pete reveals a new bunch of songs are about to be released via a new album.

He said: “We’ve been working hard in the studio on new material we have written, and everything’s just about ready to go now. It’s two years since our last album, so we’re due a new one.

“We are perfectionists, and want to produce the best music we possibly can, and I can promise some exciting new songs for our fans.”

Pete then reminisced about playing in Scotland, and how much he, Roy and Greg love coming north to meet their fans and play their music.

He added: “This is our first official gig in Scotland this year - we played a closed gig in Glasgow recently, but the Ayr date will be the first time all of our fans in Scotland will have a had a chance to see us for quite some time.

“Scottish crowds are fantastic, and we’ve had some great gigs here - Barrowlands is a superb venue which we love, and we played T In The Park a few years ago, and that was special too.

“Now we are set to play Ayr Racecourse and can’t wait. I’m looking forward to playing before a massive crowd.”

Scouting For Girls are due on stage at approximately 9.00pm after the evening’s racing.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.