Castle Stuart Golf Links will turn tartan on the eve of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open when Tartan Wednesday returns to raise money for the tournament’s Official Charity, CLIC Sargent.
Players, fans and tournament staff will be encouraged to don the local Scottish attire during Pro-Am day ahead of the prestigious tournament and share their experience using the hashtag #TartanWednesday.
Following the huge success of Tartan Wednesday at Gullane Golf Club last year, when a host of European Tour stars and celebrities all helped to raise in excess of £20,000, the initiative is fast becoming an annual tradition.
Hundreds of spectators bedecked in tartan hats, kilts, skirts, trousers and jackets, packed into the grandstand guarding the 18th green last year to add a splash of tartan to proceedings during the traditional tournament curtain-raiser.
European Tour stars sporting their own trews included Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjørn, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Russell Knox, Paul Lawrie and Pablo Larrazábal – all of whom are in the star-studded field next week.
Once again this year, special prizes will be on offer as three European Tour stars pick out the best-dressed tartan-clad spectators, before the overall winner is determined by a ‘cheer-off’ in the 18th grandstand – with the finalist who receives the biggest cheers taking the prize.
Last year, three year old Jessica Donaldson from Pentcaitland was the lucky fan to receive the biggest roar, with eight year old Emma Rule from Paisley second and eight month old Eloise McGregor third.
This year, 50 professionals and amateurs will be decked out in tartan provided by Scottish golfing clothing company Royal and Awesome.
Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said: “Tartan Wednesday was a great success last year, raising thousands of pounds for charity and also bringing a fantastic element of colour to the tournament’s curtain-raiser, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to make it even bigger and better this year.
“The money raised this year will go towards CLIC Sargent, a charity which supports children and young people with cancer and their families, so it is a great cause which I know players and fans alike will get behind by turning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open tartan next Wednesday.”
Individual donations can be made to CLIC Sargent at the following link: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/donate