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Club Golfers Given Chance to Become National Champions
11th May 2012

Club golfers across Scotland are being given the opportunity to become national champions by taking part in the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship, with the final being staged at the prestigious Fairmont St Andrews.

The popular event is Scotland's largest participation national championship, with some 24,000 golfers from 280 golf clubs setting off in pursuit of the title last year. Now in its 13th year, the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship gives ordinary club golfers the rare chance of competing on the big stage, with the leading 40 club pairings qualifying for the Grand Final on the Torrance Course in front of the SGU TV cameras.

Part of the Scottish Golf Union's portfolio of 15 national championships for golfers at all levels, the event is staged exclusively for members of Scotland's 578 clubs and the cornerstone of Belhaven's £250,000 three-year sponsorship of amateur golf.

Each club is invited to host a free-to-enter local qualifying event for its members, with the two players topping the leaderboard going onto represent their club at one of four Regional Finals taking place throughout the country this summer.

Defending their title will be Bathgate, with the Lothians duo of Colin McGarry and Alan Aitken firing a brilliant nine-under par round of 63 on a day of low scoring at the sun-kissed Torrance Course, which will host the final again on Friday 28 September.

The first regional final will be staged on the west coast at Prestwick St Cuthbert on 10 August, before the picturesque venue of Eyemouth welcomes qualifiers from the south on 17 August. Duff House Royal will host the North Regional Final on Friday 31 August, while Open Championship Qualifying venue Scotscraig is the setting for the East Regional Final on 7 September.

The format for qualifying is four-ball better ball with the leading 10 club pairings winning a sought-after place in the Fairmont St Andrews final, to compete to become Scotland's 'Best'.

Belhaven Best began its sponsorship of the Scottish Golf Union back in 1999 and Euan Venters, Greene King Brewing and Brands Managing Director, is looking forward to continuing that support.

He said: "The Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship has been a key part of our marketing activity for a number of years and illustrates our commitment to support golf clubs and golfers at the grass roots level throughout Scotland.

"Belhaven Best is regarded as the 'Golfer's Pint' in clubhouses across the country and we are delighted to have so many relationships with clubs at a local level, coupled with our national partnership with the Scottish Golf Union."

"This year's event promises to be a fantastic opportunity for ordinary club golfers to grab their chance of national glory and the lure of a place in the final at such a great course will be a great incentive for golfers to take part," he added.

To find out more information on how your club can stage a local qualifying event, please contact the SGU Events Dept on 01334 466477 or visit . Closing date for entries is 28 June.

Other previous winners of the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship include: 2010 - Ranfurly Castle; 2009 - Mount Ellen; 2008 - Whitekirk; 2007 - Harrison; 2006 - Balmore; 2005 - Downfield; 2004 - Braehead; 2003 - Galashiels; 2002 - Newmachar; 2001 - Dunbar.


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