Scottish ClubGolfers Invited to Get Creative and Design a Ball for Ryder Cup Countdown
Scotland’s Ryder Cup 2014 team is teaming up ClubGolf to offer children in the ClubGolf programme the chance to create a Scottish-themed giant golf ball which will be displayed in Chicago during the Ryder Cup 2012.
The winning design, which will cover a five-foot diameter golf ball, will be given centre stage in Downtown Chicago, on the city’s main thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, for the month of September.
Dunblane’s Heather MacRae, a member of the Ladies European Tour and PGA Professional, took time out of her schedule at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in Archerfield to launch the ‘Design a Ball’ campaign.
ClubGolf, the national junior programme, is supported by RBS and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus.
“I’ve travelled all over the world playing golf and for me Scotland is the most beautiful country of them all, with the best golf courses, the best scenery and amazing people,” said MacRae.
“Design a Ball is a great opportunity for children on the ClubGolf programme to show the world why you are proud to be Scottish.
“We want you to create a design that shows what Scotland means to you. So be proud, get involved in this competition and let everyone know why we are such a great country.”
Young golfers aged between nine and 18 years old who are amongst the thousands on ClubGolf programmes at schools or in local clubs are challenged to come up with a design that truly represents Scotland - a creation which shows why they are proud to be Scottish and which shows the world what makes Scotland so great.
The winner will be presented with a prize by a leading Scottish golfer during this summer’s Scottish Open, where the ball will be showcased before being delivered to Chicago.
The 'Design a Ball' competition is part of Scotland’s countdown to the 40th Ryder Cup, hosted by Gleneagles in 2014 and is aimed at the thousands of children being taught golf through ClubGolf, Scotland’s junior golf legacy programme originating from the country’s successful Ryder Cup bid.
As hosts of the 2012 Ryder Cup, Chicago is preparing an installation with a Scottish flavour integral to its preparations. ‘Tartan Art on the Avenue’, is an outdoor art exhibition which will raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and the Illinois PGA, Foundation, during the 2012 Ryder Cup.
If you are aged between nine and 18 and on a ClubGolf programme at a school, golf club or facility you can download an application form from the ClubGolf website.
Either print off the form and hand draw your design, or you can use your computer skills to create something special. Remember to make the design unique, bold and very Scottish. Closing date for entries is 1 June 2012.