The Scottish Open will field a unique innovation aiming to encourage greater interest in maths among children when the event tees off on Thursday.
The European Tour heads to the Renaissance Golf Club this week where players will be treated to a different number formulation on the pin flags across the course.
Main sponsor Aberdeen Standard Investments has joined forces with the Scottish government and more associating charities to boost maths interest among the country’s younger generations by putting calculations and expressions on the 18 pins for the opening round on Thursday.
Children from a nearby school in the area provided their favourite calculations, which will add up to numbers 1-18 at the event.
Players will thus have to do their own calculations every time they approach the green in order to figure which hole they are on.
Local golfer Robert MacIntyre was largely impressed with the initiative and is looking forward to experiencing the new challenge on the course.
‘I wish maths lessons involved golf when I was younger! What a great way to learn. We can find numbers in everything we do and by making maths fun and accessible, we can all improve our confidence and skills in numeracy,’ he said.
Jill Maxwell, head of brand activation at Aberdeen Standard Investments, added that they hope the new initiative will inspire children to be more interested in maths and particularly maths in sport.
‘The importance of young people’s education is vital for all of our futures, so during these strange times it’s been pleasing to give them a fun and engaging maths activity as part of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.’
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