Carnoustie welcomed Dunhill celebrities

Jessica Meek from Carnoustie High School poses with Luke Donald whose score board she is carrying at the 2nd round of the Dunhill at Carnoustie.
Jessica Meek from Carnoustie High School poses with Luke Donald whose score board she is carrying at the 2nd round of the Dunhill at Carnoustie.

CARNOUSTIE was awash with famous faces and top golfers when the Dunhill Links rolled into town at the weekend.

Hollywood actors including Hugh Grant and Michael Douglas as well as sport stars such as Shane Warne, Tim Henman and Sir Bobby Charlton all played a round at Carnoustie.

Popular as ever Rory McIlroy signs autographs after his 2nd round in the Dunhill at Carnoustie.

Popular as ever Rory McIlroy signs autographs after his 2nd round in the Dunhill at Carnoustie.

And they were joined by the world’s top golfers including Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

The tournament sees participants play Carnoustie as well as Kingsbarns with the final day being held over the Old Course at St Andrews.

And the Northern Irish luck continued with Michael Hoey winning the tournament, finishing 22 under and scooping the £3.2 million prize money.

Hoey pipped fellow countryman Rory McIlroy to the post and couldn’t believe his luck at winning.

Padriag Harrington reflecting on his great shot into the cup from the bunker in the 2nd round of the Dunhill at Carnoustie.

Padriag Harrington reflecting on his great shot into the cup from the bunker in the 2nd round of the Dunhill at Carnoustie.

He said: “I actually came here to watch the Dunhill Cup three times in the 90s.

“I remember watching the likes of Phil Mickelson, John Daly and Nick Faldo and saying to myself, ‘I’d love to play here one day’.

“I’ve not only done that but won the Dunhill Links - it doesn’t get any better than that.”

The pro-am draw finished with Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans and his playing partner Nick Dougherty being victorious in the team event.

But it wasn’t just those taking part who enjoyed the tournament.

Carnoustie Ladies and High School pupil Jessica Meek was lucky enough to follow world number one Luke Donald on his round on the Championship Course holding his scoreboard.

Jessica is also the current Carnoustie Junior Citizen of the Year and is part of the Scottish Ladies team.

And fellow Carnoustie member Carly Booth also ditched her clubs to help out Radio Five Live presenter DJ Spoony as his caddy when his original caddy had to withdraw.

Carly said: “I’ve known Spoony for a couple of years and this year we did the Golf Live event together.

“We’re always in contact through Twitter. I’m a member at Carnoustie and I thought I might be a bit of a help on the bag. When Spooney’s other caddie dropped out, I was his replacement. 

“It was great to see all the players and be part of the Dunhill this week. Caddying is very different, but I don’t mind it.”