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Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 21 November 2000
Scotland rolled out the red carpet last week for Ryder Cup
officials when a was held at Edinburgh Castle.
It was a measure of the importance of the function that
First Minister Henry McLeish acted as host, and the significance attached by
the Scottish Executive to bringing the 2009 contest north of the Border was
made abundantly clear at the glittering occasion.
Apart from McLeish and fellow minister Sam Galbraith,
representatives of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Tourist Board and the
chairman and chief executive of sportscotland were on hand at the dinner to
remind representatives of the Ryder Cup committee and the Professional
Golfers Association of Scotlands desire to stage the match between
Europe and the United States for the first time since 1973.
And my information is that the meeting was a success in
confirming the message that the Ryder Cup is a priority for the executive who
have backing from the very top.
A decision on which country will be allocated the 2009
match is expected early next year: Wales and the north-east of England are the
Following the revelation of Tiger Woods support for
Scotlands bid in these columns there was a further boost for Scottish
hopes when the organisers of Tigers clinic in Hyde Park last week invited
two young Scottish golfers to watch the great man in action.
After learning of the Scottish Executives commitment
to give every child a chance to play the game by the age of nine, Woods
management asked Steven Hegarty, 10, from Monifeith in Angus, and Eildh
Stevenson, 8, from Gullane, East Lothian, to attend.
Woods is involved in promoting the game for young people
through the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the Pied Piper of international golf
made a huge impression on the youngsters.
Now that Ive seen what Tiger can do, Im
practising even harder, said Eilidh. I want to be a professional
Still on the subject of the Ryder Cup, the matchs
right to be considered in the same breath as the World Cup and the Olympics
will be underlined when a new sponsorship programme is rolled out early next
In the past, when the Ryder Cup was staged in Europe, the
match had a title sponsor in Johnnie Walker.
Now, the contest between Europe and America will be backed
by a string of prestigious backers.
None of these companies will have their name in front of
the title, but all will benefit from being associated with golfs
pre-eminent event when the 2001 contest takes place at the Belfry in
It is expected that the identities of the four sponsors
will be unveiled in December. Apparently, two of the companies involved are new
Already a moneyspinning event, the addition of fresh
commercial support will turn the Ryder Cup into an even more lucrative venture
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