Kayleigh flies in with Cup...for Gallacher!

Kayleigh Singer with Ryder Cup trophy
Kayleigh Singer with Ryder Cup trophy
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Flying in to Gleneagles with the Ryder Cup is a tough job but someone had to do it and it fell to Dundas Parks Club junior golfer Kayleigh Singer.

Kayleigh, of South Queensferry, started playing golf at the age of 13.

And all of her hard work in the past four years paid off when she flew into Perthshire to hand-deliver the iconic Ryder Cup to the Gleneagles Hotel on Wednesday.

Kayleigh was chosen to represent the 300,000 children who have been helped into the game by the ClubGolf scheme.

The 17 year-old brought the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour to a dramatic close when she arrived in the grounds of the luxury resort by helicopter.

Kayleigh said: “I have had so many great experiences in golf since joining the ClubGolf programme but this just takes it to another level.

“I still can’t believe I was picked from the hundreds of thousands of ClubGolf kids to present The Ryder Cup Trophy to Gleneagles.

“I have my fingers crossed that my favourite golfer Stephen Gallacher will be holding the very same trophy come September 28.”

Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup director said: “The legacy of the Ryder Cup is important to everyone connected with the event.

“We have worked hard to ensure this will be the best Ryder Cup ever, not only in terms of the number of people we welcome each day but also in terms of its wider benefits.”

Patrick Elsmie, managing director of the Gleneagles Hotel, said: “With just two weeks to go until the teams from Europe and the US arrive, everyone at Gleneagles is eagerly anticipating the competition ahead.

“The PGA Centenary Course is looking fantastic, the infrastructure is well on its way and we are primed to deliver a wonderful event. Everyone who visits Gleneagles is already enjoying the extra buzz in the resort; having the trophy on display will be the icing on the cake.

“We look forward to extending a warm Scottish welcome to everyone involved in the Ryder Cup.”

Jim Cowper, ClubGolf co-ordinator at Dundas Parks said: ‘‘It is a fantastic honour for Kayleigh and for Dundas Parks that she was chosen to deliver the Ryder Cup trophy to Gleneagles. She epitomises what ClubGolf is all about.

“She is a great example to the youngsters at the club.”

Kayleigh is the current junior ladies champion, was runner-up in the ladies championship, she won the junior medal beating the boys and has also represented Edinburgh schools.

* The Official Ryder Cup Trophy Tour covered the whole of Scotland in five days.