The Glasgow 2018 European Championships official mascot, Bonnie the seal, has taken to the fairways of Gleneagles this week, swapping swimming for golf and giving the Official Golf Venue her seal of approval.

Bonnie, who loves to try new activities, was only too happy to take on a putting challenge at the PGA Centenary Course – the venue for the ground breaking new tournament which will form part of the first ever multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships next August.

In anticipation of next year’s action, Bonnie received one-to-one training from Gleneagles assistant PGA professional, Gilbert Hepburn.

In a world first, men and women golfers will compete side-by-side at the European Golf Team Championships as part of Glasgow 2018.

Colin Hartley, Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director, said: “Gleneagles will make history next summer when it hosts the first ever European Golf Team Championships. Spectators will experience a game changing moment when Europe’s elite men and women compete together for the first time.

“It was great to see resident golfing professional Gilbert show our much-loved mascot, Bonnie the seal, how it’s done. As anticipation for the event continues to build, we can’t wait to welcome the world to this fantastic venue.”

Gilbert Hepburn, assistant PGA professional at Gleneagles, said: “We were delighted to welcome Bonnie the seal and the Glasgow 2018 team to the PGA Centenary Course today.

“As we make our preparations for hosting this exciting family-friendly event next summer, it’s fantastic to see how Bonnie’s travels around the country are building the momentum and inspiring young people to get involved in sport.”

Bonnie is travelling around Scotland between now and the first ever Glasgow 2018 European Championships to celebrate young people and sport, and spread the word about the 11 days of exhilarating sporting action coming to Scotland.

To keep up to date with her adventures, like her on Facebook at Glasgow 2018 Mascot, follow her on Instagram at Glasgow 2018 Mascot and follow her on Twitter @Gla2018Mascot.

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