Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Royal Dublin members Fran O’Brien and Kieran Coghlan were victorious for Ireland as they edged to a narrow but well deserved victory in the first playing of the Scottish Golf Trails International Challenge in Aberdeen.
The tournament, organised by Banchory-based company Golfers Scotland, was staged over two days at Aboyne and Newmachar Golf Clubs in order to promote their North-east Scotland “Scottish Golf Trails."
Participants won all-expenses-paid trips to the North-east through sponsored club medals at Stavanger Golfklubb in Norway and Royal Dublin Golf Club and also by winning Durham City Golf Club’s Open tournament.
Business partners of Scottish Golf Trails, Skene House provided accommodation for the golfers who were chauffeur-driven around the region in luxury vehicles supplied by Town and County Land Rover.
Courtesy of the course was kindly granted by Aboyne and Newmachar Golf Clubs who along with Skene House and Town and County are part of the alliance created by Scottish Golf Trails to promote Aberdeen and the North- east of Scotland as a world class golf destination.
As well as enjoying the fantastic golf experience, the six-strong party were treated to a superb welcome dinner at Malmaison in Aberdeen where they were presented with commemorative engraved quaichs by Peter Carry of city jewellers Jamieson and Carry who are also involved in the Scottish Golf Trails initiative.
In addition, they enjoyed a VIP tour and taste of Scotland’s national drink at the Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum before enjoying the best of local produce at Meldrum House Hotel.
Speaking on behalf of the visitors, winning team member Kieran Coghlan commented, “This has been a trip in a million and far exceeded all our expectations. It really was an incredible weekend and Hector and Andrew were the very best of hosts – thanks for giving me the chance to come to Aberdeen.”
Roar Kvamme, a regular business visitor to the city from Stavanger, said “Now I know what it’s like to be the Queen – whisked around Royal Deeside in a luxury Range Rover! I’ll certainly be telling all my friends about the great golf courses in the Aberdeen area.”
Commenting on the success of the project, Golfers Scotland Tours Director Andrew Shinie said, “We aim to build on this and make the International Challenge an annual event to bring visitors from around Europe and further afield to this area to showcase the huge variety of golf, castles, malt whisky distilleries and excellent food we have on offer.”
Golfers Scotland Managing Director Hector Emslie added, “When Donald Trump’s magnificent course opens shortly, visitors from all over the world will flock to this area – we must let the world know we are right up there with other regions and countries in terms of quality and value for money.”
Players participating were:
Kieran Coghlan and Fran O’Brien (Royal Dublin Golf Club)
Bernt Sverre Kvam and Roar Kvamme (Stavanger Golfklubb)
Malcolm Turnbull (Ramside Golf Club) and Phil Hood (Wearside Golf Club)



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