The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open has been named Best Sporting Event at the Scottish Thistle Awards.
The 2018 edition of the event, held at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, was recognised at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final - Scotland’s tourism Oscars – taking the plaudits in a category that included Musselburgh Racecourse Ladies Day, Salomon Skyline Scotland ™ and the Stirling Scottish Marathon.
The 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open once again took its place as part of the Rolex Series – the premium category of tournaments in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million. South Africa’s Brandon Stone triumphed with a stunning final day round of 60, at an event which attracted more than 60,000 visitors as well as global media coverage and boasted a range of activities and entertainment on site for all the family.
The judges praised the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open’s engagement programme and the diverse range of activities on offer to attract a broad range of audiences, as a total of 15 individuals, businesses and events were honoured for their innovation, excellence and success in the hospitality and tourism sector at the awards ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
The Best Sporting Event category is open to any recurring sporting event involving a sporting activity, whether a participating or spectator event, which inspires and involves all guests, whether local or visiting.
Rory Colville, the European Tour’s Championship Director for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award, which recognises the hard work of everyone involved in putting on a truly world class sporting event that caters for golf fans of all ages as well as providing a great day out for all the family.
“I would like to thank the staff and volunteers, tournament partners Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland, Gullane Golf Club, and everyone who made the 2018 event so memorable. We look forward to doing it all again, just a few miles along Scotland’s Golf Coast, at The Renaissance Club this July.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events with VisitScotland said: “I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to the team at the European Tour following the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open being named Best Sporting Event at The Scottish Thistle Awards.
The event is a great example of the hugely successful collective efforts of the European Tour, Aberdeen Standard Investments and VisitScotland to deliver a global event that brings a host of benefits to Scotland. We look forward to hosting another world-class golf event when the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open returns to The Renaissance Club on Scotland’s Golf Coast.”
Find out more about the Scottish Thistle Awards, including the full list of winners, at www.scottishthistleawards.co.uk
The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open takes place at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick on July 11-14, and tickets are on sale now at www.asiscottishopen.com