The European Tour and main sponsors Aberdeen Standard Investments and the Scottish Government are striving to make this year’s Rolex Series event at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick more than a world class sporting occasion, by taking steps to minimise impact on the local environment around Scotland’s Golf Coast.
In a first for the tournament - the third event in the 2019 Rolex Series, the premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million - players, caddies, volunteers and staff will be issued with reusable water bottles which can be refilled at water fountains situated across the course, including on tees, practice areas and all public and partner facilities.
Typical usage by players, caddies, volunteers and staff during the event is 24,000 (twenty-four thousand) 0.5 litre bottles, and the target for this year’s tournament from July 11-14, 2019, is to significantly reduce that by 80%.
The partnership between the tournament and Scottish Water is the latest example of sporting organisations taking a more sustainable approach. Earlier this year, Scottish Swimming backed Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign by becoming the first national representative body to stop providing plastic bottles of water for officials and volunteers and encourage use of refillable bottles at various national competitions and events.
In Scotland, 20 million plastic bottles are littered each year and The Your Water Your Life project sets out to tackle the issue of single-use plastic by encouraging the public to use refillable bottles, and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will help set the standard with this approach for golf.
It is hoped that this year’s event can inspire the golfing world to play its part in driving the reduction of single-use plastic waste across the wider sporting calendar ahead of Scotland’s forthcoming Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.
Fans can buy tickets to see some of the world’s best golfers – including official Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open hospitality packages – at www.asiscottishopen.com
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