Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Allyn Dick, from Kingsknowe Golf Club near Edinburgh and Gregor Suttie from Shotts Golf Club, scratch winners of the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge 2014.
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On their fifth day of highly-competitive golf on five of Carnoustie Country’s finest inland courses, the 60 competitors in the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge 2014 played their final round at Strathmore Golf Centre, near Alyth. After 18 testing holes of golf, defending champions Allyn Dick from Kingsknowe Golf Club and Gregor Suttie from Shotts Golf Club were named Scratch winners of the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge 2014.
“This is the second year we’ve competed in this tournament and, once again, we’ve met some brilliant people and had a great time,” said Allyn, who, with Gregor, defended the title over the Carnoustie Country courses at Kirriemuir, Alyth, Strathmore, Glenisla and Blairgowrie Rosemount, host venue for the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup. “We’re already looking forward to defending our title at the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge 2015!” 
Colin Lynes from Bush Hill Park Golf Club, North London and Tony Waller from Beauport Park Golf Club near Hastings won the handicap trophy. “The 11-hour drive up to this part of Scotland was well worth it,” laughed Tony, as Colin revealed that they’ve already booked their place at next year’s tournament.
Alistair Gibb, chair of the committee which organises the annual Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge and the equally successful Scottish Mixed Foursomes Tournament, explained that the week had been a great success for the five golf clubs involved, for competitors and for local businesses. “Over the five years this tournament’s been held, numbers have been steadily increasing,” said Alistair. “This year, we had a mixture of golfers who have taken part in every tournament, golfers coming along for a second or third time and new competitors who we hope will follow suit and return next year. 
“Almost all of the competitors are from outwith the local area and stay in nearby accommodation, eat out in the many excellent hotels, restaurants, and bistros in the vicinity of the participating golf courses, and frequently add a few days to either side of the competition so they can further explore the Angus and Perthshire area. Highly successful events like this are very good news for the local economy.”
Bill and Liz Charlton from Cambridgeshire meet up with their friends Lynne and Peter Hull at the Scottish Golf Pairs Championships. 
“Bill and Peter play in the tournament while Lynne and myself have a couple of rounds of golf and spend the rest of the time shopping and sightseeing,” said Liz. “There’s so much to see and do here and everyone is so welcoming.” 
The five courses which host the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge are all in Carnoustie Country, an Angus Council initiative which works with the golf industry in Angus, East Perthshire and North Fife to promote golf as a visitor activity at the 30 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship.
“As we prepare to celebrate the past, present and future of golf at the annual Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf, which is from 4-12 October 2014, this tournament highlights why golfers enjoy playing golf in Carnoustie Country,” said Jane Taylor, Carnoustie Country’s marketing officer. 
“Fantastic courses, great value golf and accommodation, first class hospitality and, of course, the chance to experience over 450 years of golfing heritage and history.”
For more information about the Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge 2015, visit To find out more about Carnoustie Country’s 30 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship and Carnoustie Country Festival of Golf 2014, visit, ‘like’ the Carnoustie Country Facebook page or follow Carnoustie Country on Twitter.

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