Junior Ryder Cup returns to Scotland
Friday, 02 September 2011
September 2 - The Junior Ryder Cup will return to Scotland in 2014, after the success of the 2010 event held at Gleneagles, with the senior version of the contest set to take place over the PGA Centenary Course in the same year.
Scotland's Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison made the announcement during a visit to the Perthshire course, and although the precise venue for the junior competition has yet to be announced, it will take its traditional slot as the curtain raiser for the start of Ryder Cup week.
"The last Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles was a memorable occasion and I'm absolutely delighted that this event will be returning in 2014, which promises to be a fantastic year of sport for Scotland with the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," said Robison.
"I saw for myself on Friday how the clubgolf programme is inspiring youngsters in Scotland to take up golf and I'm optimistic we can see the fruits of this with success in major competitions in the years to come."
Golf is making rapid progress in Scotland, particularly among girls, with over 18,000 having been introduced to the sport this year alone through the primary school programme firstclubgolf, with this representing the highest figure since the initiative began in 2003.
To date almost 220,000 children in total have been introduced to the game through clubgolf, which is supported by sportscotland's Active Schools Network.
Europe's Ryder Cup director Richard Hills added: "The Junior Ryder Cup never fails to emphasise the depth of young, emerging golfing talent.
"It is gratifying to see the enthusiasm of the youngsters representing their continents and to watch many of them develop into world class players."