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Royal Dornoch chosen to host one of six Tartan Pro Tour stages by Paul Lawrie

By Will Clark

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Royal Dornoch Golf Club says it is delighted to be selected to host a tournament designed to help Scottish professional golf swing back into action.

The links course has been picked as one of six venues to be part of the Tartan Pro Tour which will take place in August and September.

The tour, organised by former Open champion Paul Lawrie, will come to Royal Dornoch on Monday, September 7 and Tuesday, September 8 with a maximum of 72 male and female professional players taking part.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been chosen as one of six host venues for the Tartan Pro Tour.
Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been chosen as one of six host venues for the Tartan Pro Tour.

Royal Dornoch general manager Neil Hampton says after being approached by Lawrie, they are on board to be part of any initiative to support professional golf recover in Scotland.

“Paul phoned me up with the idea and we’re delighted to support it,” Hampton said.

“He is trying to support younger professionals due to the lockdown and get them playing competitively again which is wonderful.

“Part of our ethos is we’re here to support golf being played and support events being played.

“We are always willing to give our course to a major event.”

The Tartan Pro Tour is a series of six competitions, scheduled to begin on August 5 over the Carnoustie course.

Other hosts will include the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre in Aberdeen, Pollok, St Andrews and Rowallan Castle.

Royal Dornoch was due to hold this year’s Men’s Home International in September which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tartan Pro Tour has replaced that on the calendar though, and Hampton says he is confident the course will be able to host it safely.

“It is coincidental the week that Paul is coming we were meant to be hosting the Men’s Home International, but unfortunately that was cancelled,” he added.

“Supporting golf being played to the highest level is what we are all after. It will get our name out there and it helps show Dornoch support and helps the game.

“It will give people a boost, that is what we are pleased most about.”

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