Thursday, 03 June 2010
Matteo Manassero  (Getty Images)
Matteo Manassero (Getty Images)

Matteo Manassero will continue his golfing education in Scotland next week when he arrives at the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course to contest the Scottish Hydro Challenge.

The 17 year old Italian has emerged as one of golf’s hottest properties since becoming the youngest Amateur Champion in history last year before announcing his arrival on the world stage at The Open Championship at Turnberry, where he won the Silver Medal awarded to the leading amateur in the field by finishing in a tie for 13th spot.

He went on to confirm his talent at this year’s Masters Tournament, where, at the tender age of 16, he became the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National. Manassero turned professional a few weeks after his Masters debut, taking his bow in the paid ranks at the BMW Italian Open where he finished in a tie for 29th place.

“I am very grateful to have been invited to the Scottish Hydro Challenge and I am looking forward to making my first appearance on the Challenge Tour,” said Manassero.

“Obviously I have great memories of playing in Scotland from Turnberry last year and I am looking forward to getting back there. I know it will be a different experience on the Challenge Tour, but I know that the standard is extremely high and I will have to be at the top of my game to contend at Spey Valley.”

Manassero will head to the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Club after trying to secure a place at this year’s Open Championship in the International Final Qualifying tournament at Sunningdale on Monday.

The young Italian’s first Challenge Tour appearance is a huge boost for the Scottish Hydro Challenge, a tournament that will be defended by last year’s home winner, Jamie McLeary.

Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie, a long-standing supporter of the Scottish Hydro Challenge, will make a star appearance in the tournament Pro-Am next Wednesday before attending the dinner and leading the prize presentation. The tournament itself runs from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 June.

While Lawrie and Manassero will bring a star quality to the fairways of the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course, tournament organisers have secured the considerable musical presence of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers to perform at the Scottish Hydro Challenge Pro-Am dinner at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

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