Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Carnoustie, Monifieth host International Pairs World Final



Golfers from across the globe will flock to Carnoustie at the weekend to take part in the 2009 International Pairs World Final and two local businesses have been quick to lend their support to ensure the event is an overwhelming success.
Monifieth taxi firm Fareway Taxis and Broughty Ferry’s West End Garage will be on hand to provide transport for both competitors and staff when the event - the biggest of its kind in the world for club golfers - is held in Angus from October 11-13.
The 36-hole final will be played over two days on Monifieth’s Medal Course, an Open qualifying venue, and the Championship Course at Carnoustie, host of the 2007 Open Championship.
More than £500,000 is expected to be injected into the region’s economy as a result of Angus Council beating off strong competition to host the tournament last year.
And Steve Rennie, boss of Fareway Taxis, and James Ewart, owner of the Honda garage, are keen that everyone involved in the competition leaves Angus with the fondest memories possible after volunteering their services for free.
Two of Rennie’s eight-seater minibuses will transport competitors to the two golf courses and practice ranges from Carnoustie while Ewart has provided two courtesy cars for use by International Pairs’ staff during the event.
Rennie said: “We take pride in being a local business and being able to serve the golfing community within Angus, and in particular, Monifieth and Carnoustie.
“At Fareway Travel, we are proud to be provide transport solutions for a major event, and this opportunity to help out at the International Pairs World Final can only help to benefit local enterprise and promote golfing events.”
Ewart said: “We are always looking to get involved in these type of events.
“ Golf plays a strong part in the local economy, it’s a privilege for our area to stage a tournament like the International Pairs and we are delighted to be able to help out.”
Ross Honey, founder and managing director of International Pairs, added: “Carnoustie is an area that is synonymous with golf for fans of the game across the globe.
“ It’s a pleasure for us to be able to offer people the chance to play one of the great golfing destinations in the world and, with such fantastic support from local businesses, the event is sure to be an experience everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Competitors from 20 countries including South Africa, America, Spain, Canada and Portugal will gather at Carnoustie for the chance to be crowned as the sixth International Pairs world champions and this year will see Romania, Antigua and Barbuda make their debuts in the event.
The world-renowned venue has played an integral role in the success of International Pairs in recent years, hosting the competition’s UK final for three years in a row prior to this month's event.
International Pairs has grown to enjoy a worldwide status since being started by Honey in 1998 and the competition is set to flourish further with global media giants IMG having come on board in 2009 to play an integral role in planning its future.
For more details on International Pairs, visit their website at www.internationalpairs.com or e-mail info@internationalpairs.com



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