Monday, August 08, 2016

Haggs Castle proud to be a PGA venue
Haggs Castle captain John Leitch says the Glasgow club are bucking the trend in terms of membership as they prepare to host the Golfplan Insurance Pro Captain Challenge Scottish qualifying event.
Leitch will partner host pro Campbell Elliott for the event which takes place this week (August 12) with a host of teams aiming to win a place in the £25,000 final which takes place at Spanish destination Lumine Mediterranean Beach and Golf Community.
The resort, which features two Greg Norman designs, will stage the event over 36 holes from Wednesday, November 30 - Thursday, December 1.
And five handicapper Leitch says he is proud that the PGA have chosen their club to host the event once more.
“We have no input into why the PGA choose us, but we must be doing something right,” said the 56-year-old retired newspaper executive.
“As for myself and Campbell qualifying for the final, I don’t know about that, but we will certainly enjoy being the host club again.
“It is a chance for us to show off and showcase what we have here. We have an excellent venue and a strong membership.
“In fact we are bucking the trend at Haggs Castle when it comes to members. At a time when golf club membership has tended to fall generally, we’ve not found that to be the case.
“Events like this only serve to enhance the prestige of hosting PGA tournaments.
“And it’s always good to have the best Scottish professionals coming here for this event.”
Elliott added that the venue is well thought of in Scotland.
“There is a definite pedigree about the course. We’ve hosted this qualifying event on a number of occasions now and we’re very proud to be able to do that,” he said.
Among the teams taking part in the Haggs Castle qualifier are: Craig Everett and Des McLaughlin (Caldwell Golf Club); Ian Graham and Hugh O'Donnell (Crow Wood GC); Ian Taylor  and Derek Totten (Drumpellier GC);  Norman Huguet and Alex Chisolm (Musselburgh GC);  Stuart Kerr and Charles Beattie  (Strathaven GC) and Simon McLean and John McAuley (Airdrie GC).



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