Celebrated Gullane Golf Club has amassed support from over 800 volunteers as it gears up to welcome world-class golfers to East Lothian this summer when it hosts Scotland’s National Open for the second time.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will return to the links at Gullane from July 12-15, 2018 while female golf stars will play there for the first time in The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open over the same course, from July 26-29, 2018.
The renowned club, 20 miles east of Edinburgh, which has three picturesque courses, two being ranked among the best in Scotland, expects its final total of volunteers for the European Tour event to reach 850, who will enjoy all the action with many having exclusive access ‘inside the ropes’.
More than 350 volunteers join the tournament team from both Gullane and Gullane Ladies members’ clubs, with the remaining numbers from a wide range from other golf clubs across the region, including juniors and a team of colleagues from Aberdeen Standard Investments, and ages ranging from 16-70 years upwards.
The volunteers will be involved in a whole host of duties such as walking scorer, scoreboard carrier and scoreboard operator. Other roles include hole marshals, walking marshals, ball collectors and distributors on the practice ground and sorting, handing out and collecting caddies’ bibs. Some will also get the chance to transport players by golf buggy to and from the first tee and bus drive players to the Pro-Am.
Overseeing proceedings will be chief scorer Tom Walker and chief marshal Richard Gibb, who will be experiencing his second Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club.
Richard said: “We are delighted by the huge turnout of volunteers as the club gets set to stage both internationally-famed tournaments in July. The TV coverage goes to a worldwide audience. It is essential that the event runs smoothly for the players and spectators alike. Volunteering is a big commitment but our volunteers will get the chance to contribute to an incredibly exciting event with an atmosphere like no other. They are all fans of the sport so it’s a rare opportunity to see some of the world’s top talent up close.
Club secretary at Gullane Golf Club David Morgan added: “Scotland is historically the Home of Golf and the zeal and spirit of the East Lothian community can always be counted on to pitch in when the spotlight shines on the county. We’re looking forward to a hugely successful event.”
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, which is played the week before The Open Championship is part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series - a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open will be FREE entry to all who register on the official website for what is one of the premier events on The Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour.
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For ticket information on The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open visit https://ladiesscottishopen.com/For more information about Gullane Golf Club, please visit www.gullanegolfclub.com