The U.S. Kids Golf European Championship has been given another major PR boost after Scottish sports minister Shona Robison attended the opening day of the competition.
The MSP visited Gullane Golf Club and spoke to youngsters from across the globe who had come to compete in the prestigious three-day tournament.
The U.S. Kids Golf European Championship is one of the world’s leading competitions for young golfers. More than 400 competitiors from 34 countries are participating in the 2009 event, which is being held across five historic courses in East Lothian and will see kids compete for places at the World Championships in Pinehurst later this year.
Ms Robison said: “In the year of Homecoming and at a great time for golf in Scotland, I am delighted that this tournament is returning to the home of the game.
“Golf is a big part of our culture, our identity and our economy in Scotland and taking up the sport is a fun and exciting way for children to enjoy being active and healthy. Clubgolf, our National Junior Golf Programme continues to make tremendous progress getting boys and girls involved in the game. Two thirds of primary five children in Scotland were introduced to one of our favourite national pastimes last year.
“This championship will provide a huge boost to the local economy in East Lothian and help cement Scotland’s reputation for encouraging and developing the game of golf amongst young players. I hope that this competition will boost tourism and encourage children from around the world taking part in the event and their families to return to visit Scotland in the future.”
The minister’s attendance at the event was as a result of an invitation and proactive PR push by the Holyrood PR.