Loch Lomond Whiskies agreed a five year partnership with The R&A, organisers of the Open, in February 2018, and are now the official spirit of The Open. Known as "The One", The Open is the most international of the major championships with qualifying events across five continents.
The Championship is also broadcast to 600 million households in almost 200 countries. The Partnership with the R&A includes supports of the AIG Womens British Open & showcases the full range of Loch Lomond Whiskies around the globe.
Over the past four years Loch Lomond Whiskies has proudly partnered with some of the most renowned named in golf. Through these partnerships we have run exclusive events and experiences for whisky fans including a golf day at Kingsbarns with a private dinner at The R&A clubhouse, Q&A sessions at The Open and created limited edition single malt whiskies.
Colin Montgomery was the first official signing as a Loch
Lomond Whiskies Brand Ambassador in 2018. Since turning professional in 1987, Montgomerie has recorded 52 tournament victories across the world and became European #1 in 1993 – a position he held for an unprecedented seven years. Ryder Cup success followed as a player before he led Europe to a famous victory as Captain at Celtic Manor in 2010.
Montgomerie has worked with Loch Lomond Whiskies to promote the full product range worldwide, including multiple “limited editions” which
carry his name.
Montgomerie said: “I’m a long-time fan of Scotch single malts and so am absolutely delighted to work with the team at Loch Lomond Whiskies who have shown great passion and enthusiasm for producing some fabulous whiskies of great quality and character.
“As a proud Scot I know that Scotland is world-renowned for both our whisky and our unrivalled golf courses. I’m passionate about telling the story of both and was really impressed by the quality, authenticity and diversity of flavours of the Loch Lomond single malts.”
Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group,said: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Monty to our team. As one of Europe’s most successful and passionate players over many years, our partnership will allow us to further develop our presence in golf."
Created in Collaboration with Colin Montgomerie.
The Loch Lomond Whiskies partnership is Iona’s first move
into partnering with a Scotch Whisky brand. As part of this new, exciting role, she will work alongside fellow ambassadors to promote the Loch Lomond’s award-winning range of single malts worldwide.
After sustaining a wrist injury in 2018, while playing professionally on the Ladies European Tour, Iona has since taken on a leading role as presenter on the international show, Golfing World. She is fast developing as one of the leading faces of golf on television, Iona
can also be found presenting on Sky Sports Golf and hosting events all over the world.
Iona Stephen, commented:
“A Scotch single malt is my drink of choice, so naturally I am absolutely delighted to be working closely with the team at Loch Lomond Whiskies.
“I am proud to be Scottish, a country renowned for both its unrivalled love of golf and fantastic whiskies, so this partnership is a natural fit for me. I look forward to telling the story behind the creation of such a unique range of single malt whiskies and their passion for the game of golf.”
Loch Lomond Group CEO, Colin Matthews, added:
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Iona to our growing team of Loch Lomond Whiskies ambassadors. She has not only quickly made her mark as a knowledgeable presenter of everything golf over the last couple of years, but she has also been a pleasure to work with. With her knowledge of the game, her engaging style and her genuine interest in scotch whisky, this new partnership will allow us to further develop.
Within her new role as an ambassador for the brand, Iona will host Q&As for Loch Lomond Whiskies at The 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s alongside fellow Loch Lomond
Ahead of the 148th Open in 2019, when the competition
returned to Northern Ireland, Darren Clarke joined the Loch Lomond Whiskies team.
Clarke lifted the iconic Claret Jug at Royal St George’s where The Open returns in 2021. His stellar career has so far included 14 European Tour wins, 3 PGA Tour wins and five consecutive Ryder Cup appearances for Europe between 1997 and 2006. He also led Team Europe as captain of the 2016 Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Commenting at the launch of the Loch Lomond Whiskies partnership, Clarke said:
“It’s a huge honour to join Loch Lomond Whiskies and to have the chance to create a single malt with the experts at the distillery. To mark The Open at Royal Portrush – a club that is so close to my heart – with my very own single malt whisky is absolutely fantastic. For me, a Scotch single malt is as good as it gets. I can’t wait to tee it up next summer and enjoy a wee dram with the fans!”
Colin Matthews, Loch Lomond Group CEO, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Darren to Loch Lomond Whiskies and incredibly excited about working together. He’s a world class golfer and loved by fans across the globe – a perfect fit for our brand.”
Created in Collaboration with Darren Clarke