Before some of the world’s top players battle it out for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, another trophy will be keenly fought for over Castle Stuart Golf Links.
Leading figures from the worlds of sport, business and media are heading to the course this week for the Spire Trophy, competed for annually by a Castle Stuart side and a team of ‘Sassenachs’.
Their prize is the eye-catching trophy, modelled on the spire of the nearby castle which dates from the 17th century and gives the course its name.
The Sassenachs will be captained by Simon Creagh Chapman, former long standing green chairman of Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey. Simon instigated the competition and Castle Stuart Golf Links commissioned master silversmith Andy Macgowan to make the trophy. Simon later, by chance, discovered a wooden beam from Castle Stuart in an Edinburgh warehouse and this was made into a plinth for the trophy.
He will be up against a team skippered by Stuart McColm, general manager of Castle Stuart Golf Links. The teams will compete in Saturday fourballs and Sunday foursomes, with the Sassenachs currently the holders after a narrow win last year.
Amongst the players taking part this year are Peter Adams, the European Tour’s Director of International Championships and Mike Stewart, the Tour’s Qualifying School Director ; Gillian Stewart, the Inverness-based former professional golfer and now coach; Ex Saxel, iSpyGolf’s resident pro and blogger; writer and broadcaster Tom English; and Darren Phillips. Managing Director at Pure Sports Marketing Limited.
The concept of the ‘Spire’ is to invite like-minded people to get together over a weekend for a friendly but competitive tussle on the links and then enjoy some fine Highland hospitality.
In the past the competition has also featured BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty; Maureen Madill, a former Curtis Cup player and now golf broadcaster; and Linda Lawson, daughter of the late rugby commentator Bill McLaren, and her husband Alan, a former president of the Scottish Rugby Union.
The event has grown in prestige each year and we always attract a high calibre guest list from all different walks of life who enjoy some great golf contesting this eye-catching trophy.
Jeremy Matte, Director of Golf, Castle Stuart Golf Links