Carnoustie: Silport Chairman Beta Soong has been honored by auld friends with the title of “International Ambassador” at the Tartan Day Festival held in Scotland’s Angus County.
The Taiwanese industrialist, who owns both Shanghai Silport and Tiger Beach Golf Links, was elected only the second international ambassador of the festival in its four-year history.
The day-long festival was created by the Angus Council for Scots to celebrate their traditions, culture and history under the theme of “home day”. It marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath when in April 6, 1320, Scotland declared in a letter to Pope John XXII that it was now an independent sovereign state.
The ties between Tiger Beach and Angus’ most famous course, British Open host venue Carnoustie Links, were formerly established in 2002 when the two clubs signed a sister-link agreement. Since then, Soong has been named the first “honorary citizen” of the seaside town that includes such streets as “Silport Place” and “Tiger Beach Road”.
Soong, an avid golfer who was in Scotland with a delegation of Silport members for the occasion, called the recognition an honor.
"To make friends in golf has always been my wish, and with this famous Scottish golf course (Carnoustie) and golf course town, it is an honor,” he said. “The more understanding of Scottish golf, the more understanding of Scottish culture, I treasure this honor.”