Ryder Cup is overrunneth with helpers

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MORE than 9000 golf enthusiasts have so far volunteered to help Scotland host the Ryder Cup – five times the required number.

Organisers of the 2014 Gleneagles event, who just launched the appeal, said half of all applications are from people in Scotland.

The remainder comes from 46 countries including the United States, Iceland and Equatorial Guinea.

The process to find 1,800 people to fill roles such as scoreboard carriers, safety marshals and buggy drivers ends at midnight on April 14.

Ryder Cup Europe director Richard Hills said: “We are extremely excited by the prospect of bringing the Ryder Cup to Scotland and this demonstrates the strength of interest and excitement in the event, particularly amongst the Scottish public.”

Cup organisers have been criticised by trade union body the STUC for “exploiting goodwill” by charging successful applicants £75 for their food, drink and clothing at the event.

The Scottish Government has said the Ryder Cup will generate an estimated £100 million for the local economy in the week of the tournament.