Players 'Pitch' In For Rugby Development

Sporting competition and enjoyment are key parts of rugby and on Wednesday 16 April players from across Scotland are invited to experience both. Just not on a rugby pitch. Instead Carnoustie Golf Links will host the 2008 Carnoustie Scottish Rugby Golf Championship. The venue of last year's British Open is one of the most famous golf courses in the world so players in the rugby community are getting a fantastic opportunity.Sporting competition and enjoyment are key parts of rugby and on Wednesday 16 April players from across Scotland are invited to experience both. Just not on a rugby pitch.

Instead Carnoustie Golf Links will host the 2008 Carnoustie Scottish Rugby Golf Championship. The venue of last year's British Open is one of the most famous golf courses in the world so players in the rugby community are getting a fantastic opportunity.

The event is being organised by Angus Colts Rugby Club as a major fundraiser for the development of youth rugby in Angus. Last year's Rugby Golf Championship raised enough money to help finance a Rugby Development Officer in the region. Over the last 12 months Kenny Christie has worked to establish rugby in eight schools in Angus and it is hoped that the money raised this year will further support his work at the grassroots of Scottish Rugby.

Last year players from 20 different clubs took part in the competition. Joining them were some top current and former international stars, including: Chris Paterson, Allister Hogg, Chris Cusiter, Duncan Hodge, Kelly Brown, Stuart Grimes, Gregor Townsend and Frank Hadden. Amongst the club players taking part were some from as far away as Orkney. The eventual winners of both the team and individual competitions were from Perthshire RFC with a member of Arbroath RFC winning the prize for the longest drive, hitting a belter over 300 yards.

Angus Colts' club official Bill Bowles is looking forward to the event. He said: "Last year was a fantastic day; it's a great opportunity for all the lads to get together and do something positive for youth development in rugby. Hopefully we can raise as much as last year."

Anyone interested in entering this year's competition has until Monday 11 March to find a partner, fill in an entry form and send a cheque for £250 to Angus Colts.