Scottish Golf Courses

Lawrie eyes Scottish Open victory in July

Ryder Cup star wants win in his national Open

FORMER Open champion Paul Lawrie has set his sights on victory at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Speaking at the launch of a new green fee special offer initiative, Lawrie said it would be an honour to add his name to the list of previous winners of the event, one of the best-attended events on the European Tour.

The Scottish Open heads to Castle Stuart Golf Links for the third year in succession from July 11-14 before moving to Royal Aberdeen in 2014.

Watched by an audience of the Castle Stuart staff, who have worked tirelessly over the winter months to prepare the course and art deco clubhouse for the 2013 season, Lawrie undertook some media duties and said: “I’ve always said if I was only ever to win one more title in my career it would be the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

HONOUR

“Obviously it’s my national Open, played just a couple of hours from my home in Aberdeen so it would be a huge honour to be champion. Two of my biggest wins have been in Scotland so it’s nice when you know that people are walking round the course supporting you a little bit more than you would normally find elsewhere. And, of course, it is ideal preparation for the Open the following week.”

As Lawrie was displaying his acumen on the course, Castle Stuart general manager, Stuart McColm, was revealing the club’s new special offer on green fees for spectators to play the classic links by purchasing tickets to the tournament.

As a special ‘thank you’ to everyone who has already purchased tickets for the 2013 event, or who buys a ticket between now and the conclusion of the tournament, Castle Stuart is pleased to make a special offer on a range of green fees to play the superb Championship Course.

Every person who purchases a day ticket will receive a £10 voucher that can be redeemed against a green fee at Castle Stuart, or a £25 voucher on purchase of a season ticket. Only one voucher can be used on any single green fee or local fourball. Vouchers are only valid for the 2013 golfing season at Castle Stuart, from March 22 to November 24.

“Many people have expressed a desire to play this great links course at Castle Stuart, so we felt it would be a nice gesture to assist the keen amateur golfers by offering this range of special offers, which will apply until the end of the 2013 playing season,” said McColm.

“It is always an exciting day for all of us at Castle Stuart when a new season gets under way, but especially so this time around with a Major Champion - and Scotland’s leading tournament professional - in Paul Lawrie helping us start 2013 in great style.”

SAVINGS

And you can purchase tickets now to benefit from pre-tournament savings and to obtain the discounted green fee vouchers.

A season ticket for all four days can be bought for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on  admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.

Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets if purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge and all car parking is also free.

Entrance to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £12 in advance and £15 on the day.

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