Young Scottish stars get support

One of the strongest supporters of Scottish golf has announced a new scheme that supports three young professionals.

One of the strongest supporters of Scottish golf has announced a new scheme that supports three young professionals.
Aberdeen Asset management already sponsors established stars of the game such as Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew, as well as sponsoring the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on the Ladies European Tour and the Scottish PGA’s Aberdeen Asset Management Northern Open.
Now it is extending its role to the support of young Scottish golfers David Law, Ross Kellett and James Byrne who have all recently turned professional.
They join Michael Stewart to complete the foursome of golfers being backed by Aberdeen through their transition from amateur to professional.
Up until December 2011, Law, Kellett, Byrne and Stewart were members of the Scottish Golf Union’s (SGU) national amateur squad.
Aberdeen has been lead sponsor of the SGU since 2007 and has been driving the success of up and coming amateur Scottish golfers through funding the team’s travel to the UAE and South Africa for warm weather training for the last two years.
Stewart finished his amateur career on a high in 2011, winning the South African Amateur Championship, claiming the silver medal at The Amateur Championship and playing a key role in the victorious Great Britain and Ireland side which defeated the USA in the Walker Cup in September.
Byrne, Scotland’s leading amateur in 2010, also starred at Royal Aberdeen and since winning the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship in 2007 has been one the country’s leading performers on the international amateur stage.
“I was fortunate to experience Aberdeen’s support for Scottish golf when I was a member of the SGU,” he said, “and to have their continued backing as I make my way as a pro is terrific.”
Law won his second Scottish Amateur Championship in the space of three years at Western Gailes last summer before claiming an historic victory as an amateur at the 2011 Aberdeen Asset Management Northern Open.
Kellett, like Law, was a reserve for the GB&I Walker Cup team and helped Scotland to a fifth place finish in the 2010 Eisenhower Trophy, having been one of Scotland’s highest ranked world amateurs over the past three seasons.
Talking about the support he will receive, Law said, “Aberdeen is a loyal sponsor of Scottish golf at all levels of the game and I will continue to wear their logo with pride.”
Kellett added: “It’s tremendous that Aberdeen is not only supporting me with an individual sponsorship deal, but three of my old SGU team mates as well. I’m sure I speak for the four of us when I say that we are extremely grateful.”
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management said: “We are delighted to extend our support of these four ambitious, young Scottish golfers into their professional careers, and share with them this pivotal part of their transition.
“We have watched them grow through the ranks in the SGU and hope that our backing will provide the solid foundation they need as they start to prove themselves on the world stage.”