Members of a north-east golf club will be cheering on one of their own from inside the ropes at next week’s Open Championship.
The R&A have tasked a party of 40 from Stonehaven Golf Club with marshalling on Carnoustie’s 17th hole as the world’s best golfers compete for the game’s oldest Major.
Amateur qualifier Sam Locke, 19, is a member of Stonehaven and can expect plenty of support as he comes down the par four, known as Island, which is part of one of golf’s most fearsome finishes, in pursuit of the silver medal for the leading amateur.
Seventeen will also be one of the play-off holes on Sunday – if required.
Andrew Boyd, Stonehaven’s manager and secretary, is one of those making the trip.
He said: “We go down tomorrow and could be there until next Monday if there are any weather delays.
“Every year the R&A look for volunteers from local courses.
“Anything within an hour or hour-and-a-half from the championship venue.
“There will be a lot of clubs from the Angus and Dundee area, but they approached us.
“It’s the first time Stonehaven have been involved in this, and it’ll be fun.
“Everybody’s quite excited about it. It will be a good experience to be inside the ropes at the Open Championship.”
Of their responsibilities, he said: “I think it’s about 40 of us. We’ll get split up into five-hour shifts.
“We’ll take on marshalling of the various roads, we’ll stand on the tee, around the green on crossing points.
“We’ll do ball-spotting as well. There are a few jobs that need to be taken care of to get the spectators where they want to be as quickly as possible without disturbing the players.”
Andrew said the R&A have also briefed the marshals on security surrounding one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar, and they will be on the look-out for anybody acting suspiciously.
However, the Stoney group may be acting excitably around their man Locke.
Andrew said: “I know who we’d like to be the leading amateur. Sam’s playing fantastically well, having won the Scottish Amateur and Open qualifier in the past year.
“It would be great if he could continue to put Stonehaven Golf Club on the map.
“I’m sure the guys who are not on shift will be following him and wishing him all the best.”