Budding golfers get equipment boost
St Patrick's Primary school in Troon, has just received £1,000 worth of golfing equipment. Police Scotland wanted to do something to thank the school and South Ayrshire Council for letting them use it as a base during the 145th Open Championship which was held at Royal Troon between the 10 and 17 July.
Police Scotland approached the organisers of The Open, the R&A who very kindly sourced the 'Short Golf' equipment which can be used by the pupils both indoors and outdoors.
Police Scotland had over 200 officers from across Scotland involved in the prestigious event which attracted around 173,000 spectators. The school provided the perfect base due to its proximity to the course.
Chief Superintendent Gillian MacDonald Divisional Commander Ayrshire Division said:"The Open is one of the world's largest sporting events and always provides Police Scotland with a number of logistical challenges. We are grateful to our partners in South Ayrshire Council and St Patrick's Primary School for their assistance in allowing us to use the school and the excellent catering they provided. Without their help we could not have supported the event and provided the policing presence required to keep people safe and implement such a successful traffic management plan. I hope that the R&A's generous gift as a token of thanks can go on to inspire future champions"
South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holders, Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure and Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning commented: "This is a fantastic gesture and we know the staff and the children are delighted as they could not stop smiling. The Open was such a great event and a triumph for South Ayrshire, everyone worked together to make it a success. As a result of this prestigious event more and more young people are taking up the sport and this equipment will help enormously."
Kevin Barker, Director – Working for Golf, R&A said:
"The Open at Troon was a fantastic event and had an unforgettable finish with Henrik Stenson winning with a record total of 20-under-par, the lowest 72-hole total in Open history. The Open could not happen without the valuable support and assistance of the local community and Police Scotland. It is therefore The R&A's pleasure to donate this golf equipment to St Patrick's. We hope that the children, and possibly some of the teachers too, will have many hours of fun using it and playing this great game."