Elmwood College had the pleasure of attending the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry this year along with Alex Salmond, the First Minister and golfing enthusiasts from home and abroad, young and old.
Elmwood were there to help promote the 139th Open Championship, which is due to be held over at The Old Course, St Andrews in 2010. This will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ever playing of The Open, which was first staged at Prestwick in 1860.
Ian Butcher, International Golf Development Officer at Elmwood said, It’s important that we help highlight the importance of Fife in the golfing world, where once again, the world’s greatest golfers will gather to do battle for the famous Claret Jug at the Old Course.
He continued, “Fife is undoubtedly the home of golf and it is only right that we do all we can to help introduce people to the brilliant game and encourage greater participation. Scotland’s golf clubs and facilities are helping to provide the ideal environment for juniors to flourish. Elmwood is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in golf related studies, which appeals to students from across the globe. One of the attractions of studying golf at Elmwood is the College’s 18-hole golf course, where students can develop their practical skills and gain valuable work experience. The world’s eyes are upon us.”
First Minister Alex Salmond was there to congratulate Stewart Cink, winner of the The Open. Saying, "My congratulations go to Stewart, who battled through to win the famous Open championship. Tom Watson came within inches of achieving the greatest victory in the history of sport just weeks away from his 60th birthday. He is an inspiration to everyone, and one of the finest players ever to grace Scotland's courses.”
He continued, "Turnberry looked majestic and was a tremendous advert for Scottish golf. The championship committee are to be congratulated for presenting such a wonderful course for the finest players in the world to compete on. It is the most scenic of all the major courses in Britain and is invidious to compare them because they all have their merits, but if you play at Turnberry, you're spoilt for other courses!"
Elmwood College has over 40 years experience in education and training and has gained an excellent reputation for very high standards in teaching and learning. The warm and friendly atmosphere and impressive rural location in Cupar, North East Fife, make Elmwood an ideal place to study. On the main line railway network, Cupar can be easily reached in 20 minutes from Dundee and students can access Edinburgh in under an hour.