Open champion launches golf centre

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THE CARNOUSTIE Golf Centre was officially opened on Thursday morning by top female golfer Catriona Matthew.

The former Women’s British Open champion cut the ribbon on the new £2 million facility, which has been completed under budget.

The centre boasts a pro shop, both male and female changing rooms and a rooftop terrace which gives a panoramic view of Carnoustie Links.

Catriona, who is also the Carnoustie Country ambassador, played at Carnoustie last year during the Ricoh Women’s Open and was able to use some of the facilities in the new centre.

After officially opening the building she said: “It’s a big honour to be asked to open the new Golf Centre and to be back here in Carnoustie where all the top players had such a great time at last summer’s Women’s Open, and where the Championship course lived up to the expectations of everyone in the field.

“Carnoustie is a great addition to the women’s championship circuit.

“Last year’s professional open and this summer’s Amateur Championship draw leisure golfers as well as competitors to this area.

“That’s great news for the women’s game and the development of the sport at a grass roots level, as more people discover the fantastic golfing opportunities and facilities we have here.”

The centre is a 1,000 square metre building situated next to the first tee on the Championship Course. It is soon to feature a special exhibition to commemorate the seven Open Championships played at Carnoustie.

And chairman of the Carnoustie Golf Links, Gordon Wilson, said: “We are delighted that Catriona has come here today to officially open our new Golf Centre.

“We have just taken delivery of a replica Open trophy and it will be the centrepiece of an exhibition which will highlight the seven Open Championships and the other leading championships staged over our Championship Course.”

Following the official opening of the new centre, Catriona joined over 60 women golfers from 27 local golf clubs who were at Carnoustie on Thursday afternoon for a ladies’ four-ball stableford competition.

The competition was staged by Angus Council in partnership with Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee as an example of the type of event that could attract visiting women golfers.

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