Ryder Cup Leaders descend on Gleneagles
Gleneagles Hotel, host to The 2014 Ryder Cup from September 26-28, has welcomed over 100 team leaders and European Vice Captain Des Smyth to an event preparing them for the biennial contest.
Smyth, who represented Europe in 1979 and 1981, will work closely with Paul McGinley during The Ryder Cup, and the 61 year old was in attendance throughout the weekend, holding a Q&A as well as giving a brief speech.
Captain McGinley was not able to attend, but recorded a video message to all of the Team Leaders, where he wished them well and thanked them for volunteering to be involved in such an important event.
It was a unique opportunity for those assigned with leading the various teams come tournament week as they were given a chance to become more familiar with the venue, the PGA Centenary Course, and the various third parties that will be involved throughout.
Chief Marshal Keith Ramplin ran the weekend, and those in attendance were given presentations from Police Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council, as well from experts on matters of crowd safety and security.
Overall around 2,000 volunteers will be tasked with helping The 2014 Ryder Cup run smoothly, with nationalities from around the world set to be represented.