In particular, Dr McLeod highlighted the achievements of local golfer Maria Cowan, who had the chance on Monday to play alongside Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Paul McGinley.
Dr McLeod said:
“Yesterday’s debate was an opportunity to talk about the benefits that the 2014 Ryder Cup will bring to Scotland and I was keen to highlight the local work that is happening to capitalise on the Ryder Cup’s legacy.
“And of course I wanted in particular to mention that Maria Cowan had the opportunity to play golf alongside the Ryder Cup captains on Monday – one of only 16 young people across Scotland to have the opportunity. I am sure that it will have been a fantastic experience for her.
“Dumfries & Galloway has a huge amount to offer golf aficionados with 30 different courses or golf centres, many of which are set in stunning landscape. I hope that next year’s Ryder Cup, as well as being an opportunity to reinforce Scotland’s image as the Home of Golf, will also encourage more golfers to visit Dumfries & Galloway and enjoy some of the region’s hidden gems.
Dr McLeod’s speech can be found here: