Golfing Stars Teed Up To Make Maths Count

By Michael Heath 3 years ago

World’s greatest golfers faced with an extra challenge on the first day’s play of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.

Aberdeen Asset Management together with the Scottish Government and North Ayrshire Council has come up with a novel idea to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths. Competitors at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open have had to use their arithmetic skills to navigate the course on the first day of play, as the 18 pin flags all have mathematic calculations depicting their number.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Making Maths Count’ initiative ran a competition for primary and secondary schools across North Ayrshire to come up with the calculations to be printed on the flags. A panel of four judges from the competition organisers selected their favourite calculations to be used at the Championships.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon joined pupils from the participating schools to discuss the competition and see the calculations on display at the picturesque Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire, where the world’s best golfers including Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler have gathered this week.

Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“Linking maths to sport in such a creative way through this brilliant initiative demonstrates the subject’s relevance and fun. It embodies much of the Scottish Government’s Making Maths Count approach, which encourages people to appreciate maths, and promotes confidence and learning.

“I am very impressed with the creativity of the young people from Ayrshire schools in developing their calculations and am proud that their work will be viewed on the world stage.

“I want Scotland to be much more positive in its attitude to maths and I am very grateful to Aberdeen Asset Management, the European Tour and to schools in North Ayrshire for such a great celebration of maths and numbers at the Scottish Open.”

The competition was a great way for the young people to apply their maths skills in the context of sport and the removal of the regular 1-18 pin flags certainly made Scottish star, Marc Warren, pay extra attention.

Marc Warren said:

“This is a fantastic initiative and I was intrigued to see the different calculations as I approached each green. The local school children did a great job in preparing the calculations and almost catching us golfers out!”

Aberdeen Asset Management Chief Executive, Martin Gilbert, is represented on the Scottish Government’s Making Maths Count expert group. He said:

“I am delighted that through our sponsorships of both the men’s and ladies’ Scottish Opens we could do our bit to make maths more engaging for pupils which is absolutely crucial. I was lucky enough to have an inspirational maths teacher at school and that has certainly been of huge benefit to me throughout my career.

Initiatives of this kind raise awareness of the importance of these essential skills and I’m delighted Aberdeen Asset Management is contributing to the Making Maths Count initiative.”

Making Maths Count is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children and young people, their parents and carers and the wider public.

North Ayrshire’s Provost Ian Clarkson said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative which has really helped engage our young people with maths. We’re sure all our winners will be thrilled to see their flags on display during the event.

“We are always looking at providing our pupils with new and interesting ways to learn. This Making Maths initiative was an excellent example of this.”

The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is taking place at Dundonald Links from 13-16 July. Tickets to watch some of the world’s greatest golfers are available on the gate. For further information please visit

The Making Maths Count initiative will also be running on the first day’s play of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open that takes place at Dundonald Links from 27-30 July.


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