Drive for Dunfermline to share in £100m Ryder Cup jackpot
Published 9 Oct 2012 09:00 0 Comments
DUNFERMLINE is on the approach to the Ryder Cup of 2014.
One of the city's key advocates, Visit Dunfermline boss Thomas Moffat, has been banging the drum ahead of one of the world's top sporting competitions arriving in Scotland in two years' time.
Attending the Alfred Dunhill Cup at the Old Course in St Andrews recently, Mr Moffat (right) outlined the opportunities this multi-million pound event offers to Dunfermline in 2014.
"The next Ryder Cup will be taking place just 30 minutes from Dunfermline at Gleneagles which offers a fantastic platform to showcase what we can do to increase tourism to Dunfermline.
"Many of the golfers and celebrities I met at the Old Course last week weren't aware of the role Dunfermline has played in the history of golf.
John Reid, from Dunfermline, founded the first ever golf club in the United States at St Andrews Golf Club in Yonkers in New York and is known to this day as 'The Father of American golf'.
"We are working with business partners to ensure that Dunfermline will share in the £100 million economic benefits the Ryder Cup is estimated to bring to Scotland."
Mr Moffat went on to highlight the key areas that in his opinion create an unrivalled opportunity for Dunfermline to capitalise on in 2014.
"In partnership with Romanes Media, who run the Dunfermline Press, we are in dialogue with other key influential groups throughout Scotland to develop ideas and events for Dunfermline," he revealed.
"Homecoming 2014 is centred round the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, again only a short drive from Dunfermline.
"The hero of the battle, King Robert the Bruce, is buried here in Dunfermline Abbey and we have exciting ideas on making sure the eyes of the world will focus once again on the ancient capital of Dunfermline during this time.
"In partnership with, among others, 'Dynamic Dunfermline', which is currently working on building closer relationships with Pittsburgh, we are looking into ways to highlight the role Andrew Carnegie, a major figure in Pittsburgh, played in promoting the history and heritage of his native town.
"A member of St Andrews in Yonkers himself, where he built a house, we're sure he would have identified the opportunities 2014 has to offer and grasped them with both hands."ere in Dunfermline Abbey.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 09 Oct 12