Some of the world’s top golfers will sport a flash of Scottish fashion later this week when Tartan Friday comes to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links – all in support of local causes.
Players, fans and tournament staff will be encouraged to don a little piece of Scottish attire during the second day of competition at the prestigious tournament and to share their experience using the hashtag #TartanFriday. Plus there will be spot prizes available for fans with the best tartan outfits.
In what has become an annual tradition at the Scottish Open, all proceeds raised as a result of the fun fashion activity will go to the tournament’s two official partner charities, Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s. Previous Tartan days have seen sizeable contributions donated to local causes.
A star-studded field has gathered at Dundonald Links this week, including four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, The Open Champion Henrik Stenson, and American stars Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, with four days of play starting early on Thursday morning.
Tartan Friday is just one of many fun charitable activities throughout the week. Fans will also be able to support the tournament charities Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s through a long putt challenge, photo booth and prize draws, before enjoying live music from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Friday night.
Peter Adams, the European Tour Championship Director for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said: “Tartan Friday is a really fun part of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which everyone can get involved in, to raise thousands of pounds for charity and bring a fantastic element of colour to the tournament.
“The money raised this year will go towards Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and Maggie’s, two charities we can help deliver real benefits to the local community, so we would love fans to join us in turning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open into a truly colourful spectacle on Friday.”
Gillian’s Saltire Appeal Co-founder, Les Ward, said: “Gillian’s Saltire Appeal is delighted to be partnering with Maggie’s as official charities of this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and we can’t wait to see Dundonald Links swathed in tartan on Friday.
“The funds raised during the week will go a long way to improving and enhancing our properties in Largs and Millport, which we provide free of charge for cancer suffers from Maggie’s centres and their families to enjoy some well-deserved holiday respite, so we hope to see lots of people getting into the spirit of things on Friday and throughout the week.”
Maggie’s Chief Executive, Laura Lee, said: “It is wonderful for Maggie’s to have this opportunity to work with Gillian’s Saltire Appeal and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. There will be lots of fun activities available for fans throughout the week, but we’re all particularly looking forward to seeing players, fans and officials donning tartan on Friday.
“The tournament provides a tremendous platform to drive awareness of how both charities help people live well with cancer, while also raising vital funds for Maggie’s Glasgow, so we very much look forward to seeing golf fans from Ayrshire and beyond involved in Tartan Friday – and of course getting the chance to win great prizes.”
This Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be the fourth event in the European Tour’s new Rolex Series, a premium category of tournaments on the Race to Dubai with minimum prize funds of US$7million.
As well as the live music on Friday night from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire take to the show stage on Saturday evening. There will also be a special kids zone on all days as part of the first ever Golf Show by American Golf in association with the European Tour and Sky Sports, while a range of food and drink will be on offer from local suppliers, plus live cooking exhibitions using local produce.
A free bus service, in conjunction with Stagecoach, will run on every day of the tournament from Irvine Central to Dundonald Links. Timings will tie in with the regular train service between Glasgow Central and Irvine Central, with buses running every 15 minutes on Thursday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. There is also free public car parking on a first come first served basis at Dundonald Links.
Fans can buy tickets now - including official hospitality packages - at www.aamscottishopen.com/tickets.
*Under 16s gain free entry when accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets start at just £30, and include free entry to the Ladies Scottish Open, which would otherwise cost £10 on the gate. Find out more about the tournament at www.ladiesscottishopen.com.