SPECIAL SHOTGUN SHOOTS ONTO RYDER CUP STAGE
Commemorative gun to go on display at Celtic Manor showpiece
A specially commissioned shotgun will go on display at this year’s
Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales to celebrate the
sporting links between shooting and golf.
The Ryder Cup, a biennial shootout between the top golfers of Europe
and America, has grown into one of the biggest events in world sport
with a potential global television audience of one billion viewers.
To mark its first ever staging in Wales this October, specialist
gunmaker Holloway & Naughton® was commissioned to create the bespoke
12-bore game gun.
The gun features intricate engravings from the world-renowned Welsh
engraver, Phil Coggan. His images include a detailed portrait of
Samuel Ryder, the seed merchant who created The Ryder Cup back in
1927. Also, depicted in gold, is a Welsh dragon, national symbol of
Wales and a bald eagle to represent the American visitors. The Ryder
Cup itself is featured on the top lever in the finest detail. A
striking European flag is blued onto the trigger guard accentuated
by gold stars.
As well as its decorative appeal, however, the finished product is
also a sporting shotgun of exceptional quality.
“It’s a work of art but also a fully functioning sporting gun
hand-built to the very highest specifications,” said Andrew Harvison,
managing director of Holloway & Naughton®. The gun represents more
than a twelve hundred man-hours of effort in its production.
“There is a beautiful feel to the gun which has been enhanced by the
wonderful, detailed artwork of Phil Coggan. It was a real honour to
have been granted this commission and we are very proud of the end
result, the sort of quality shotgun that is not made very often,
Featuring a 12-guage sidelock action and a single inertia trigger,
the shotgun has demiblock 30-inch barrels and a tapering solid rib.
The gun will be put on display during The Ryder Cup, which takes
place from October 1-3 at Celtic Manor, the five-star resort in
Simon Gibson OBE, Chief Executive of Wesley Clover, the holding
company that owns the resort, said: “Celtic Manor’s reputation as a
world-class golfing venue will be cemented when it stages The Ryder
Cup, but shooting is another popular outdoor pursuit we offer our
leisure and corporate clients.
“Many people enjoy both sports and there are certainly similarities
between the two. The importance of technique and maintaining your
powers of concentration are key elements of shooting and golf.
“The gun is a celebration of Wales hosting The Ryder Cup for the
first time and the Welsh and British craftsmen involved in its
design and construction have created a truly magnificent shotgun
worthy of the occasion.”
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About The Celtic Manor Golf Resort
Host venue for The Ryder Cup in 2010, the five-star Celtic Manor
Resort is set in more than 1,400 acres of panoramic parkland at the
gateway to Wales. With two hotels – a 330-room luxury Resort Hotel
and an historic 19th century Manor House with 70 rooms – two
exceptional spas, two state-of-the-art health clubs, a shooting
school, fishing, tennis courts, mountain biking, walking trails and
five outstanding restaurants, The Celtic Manor Resort provides a
complete experience for business, leisure and golf travellers.
The Resort has been voted the Number One Conference Hotel by readers
of Conference and Incentive Travel Magazine for three years running
from 2007 to 2009. It is the home of The Celtic Manor Wales Open,
one of the premier events on The European Tour, and offers the
challenge of three 18-hole championship golf courses, including the
new Twenty Ten course, the first course in history to be designed
and built specifically to host The Ryder Cup.
About Holloway & Naughton® Gunmakers
Holloway & Naughton® is a traditional bespoke gun maker,
whose origins date back to 1909. The Company has an enviable
reputation, equalling if not exceeding the leading London gun
houses. In 1995, Andrew Harvison began designing a complete new
range of guns, driven by an acute attention to mechanical detail,
along with visual design achieved by expert craftsmen. This
translates into guns with exceptional handling characteristics,
combined with extreme artistic beauty. His efforts were recognised
by the industry, when Holloway & Naughton® was awarded the Highly
Commended, Best New Gun 2006 at the Shooting Industry Awards. With
new product launches imminent, the international presence of the
Company will undoubtedly continue to expand.
For more information about Holloway & Naughton® please contact:
Holloway & Naughton ® Gunmakers, Turners Barn Farm, Kibworth Road,
Three Gates, Billesdon, Leicestershire, LE7 9EQ, United Kingdom.
T: +44 (0) 116 259 6592
In 2010, The 38th Ryder Cup will be held at The Celtic Manor Resort
in Newport, South Wales. The Ryder Cup is one of the major sporting
events in the world with an expected global TV audience of 1 billion
viewers. To commemorate the event Holloway & Naughton ® have been
commissioned to build a Premier Range sporting shotgun.
Celebrating the links between shooting and golf, the shotgun will be
a truly world-class work of art, showcasing the exceptional artisan
skills based in the UK. The internationally acclaimed Welsh engraver
Phil Coggan has agreed to engrave the shotgun, using a combination
of Welsh and American themes.
Shooting and golf are two of the most popular outdoor sporting
pursuits and share many skills, particularly the composure and
competitive edge required in major tournaments. Celtic Manor,
through its Treetops Shooting School, is just one of the world’s
leading resorts to offer both activities to its guests and corporate
Simon Gibson, OBE, Chief Executive of Wesley Clover, the holding
company that owns The Celtic Manor Resort, explained: “The gun will
be a celebration of Wales hosting The Ryder Cup for the first time
and a demonstration of British craftsmanship and art. The gun maker
and engraver were selected for their excellence in design and
The Holloway & Naughton ® Commemorative shotgun has the essential
qualities needed by a top class competitor. This is in keeping with
the spirit of The Ryder Cup, and the same exacting requirements of
those golf professionals who will participate in the match.
It is anticipated that the shotgun, scheduled for completion in June
2010, will be displayed during the prestigious golf tournament which
takes place from October 1-3.
The Celtic Manor Resort won its bid to host the biennial match
between Europe and America back in 2001 when it pledged to build a
world-class golf course with supporting facilities including a new
clubhouse. These are now complete following the opening of The
Twenty Ten Club in 2007, three years ahead of the event.
Andrew Harvison, owner of Holloway & Naughton ® is delighted to be
working with engraver Philip Coggan, and he is grateful to receive
the commission to be associated with one of the world’s greatest