With East Lothian this year playing host to a number of major golfing tournaments, Angela Leitch, Chief Executive of East Lothian Council, welcomed two notable trophies to the County earlier this week.
Having already hosted an SGU Junior Tour U18’s event at Longniddry last month, Dunbar is this week hosting the Scottish Boys Championship, with 246 competitors competing in match play format for the prestigious national title.
Former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart is a past winner of the event at Dunbar and has fond memories of his exciting final win in 1987 which went to an extra hole.
‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’ is also hosting the first qualifying event for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at North Berwick the week before the European Tour event is played over Gullane in July. Later in July, the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship is being held at Muirfield for the first time since 1968.
In August, the Scottish Senior Open at Archerfield Links completes an exciting spell of golf in East Lothian – the first time that the region has attracted this event.
Leitch said: “It was great to see the Scottish Boys Championship in full swing in a sunny Dunbar. I’m sure the many players enjoyed the challenge of the course and the stunning setting.
“I was also delighted to be there to welcome the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy to East Lothian. Golf is so important to this county and we have the well-deserved title of ‘Scotland’s Golf Coast’.
“It’s going to be another great year for us, with major championships taking place on our great courses and a huge economic boost to our area, with so many visitors expected. East Lothian is well and truly on the map as a leading destination for the world’s golfing community.”
Photo: (l to r) Angela Leitch Chief Executive East Lothian Council, Jacky Montgomery Director of Golf Dunbar Golf Club, Daniel Sommerville Events Manager SGU, Gael Pollitt Captain Dunbar Golf Club