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Tartan kilted golf July 12

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FRASER’S MOUNTAIN – Plans are coming together for this year’s Festival of the Tartans golf tournament on July 12 at Glen Lovat Golf Club.

Sometimes known as the Kilted Golf Tournament, although there is a non-kilted category, the tournament is the kick off to New Glasgow’s annual Festival of the Tartans, celebrating the heritage that Pictou County proudly shares.

“It’s a great time, we’ve been building it for years,” said tournament co-chair Stirling MacLean. Although tartans are the theme of the day, teams don’t necessarily have to be decked out as there is also a division in the tournament for non-tartan teams.

The tournament has grown in popularity with the number of teams shooting from nine to 23 in just a couple of years. Frank Proudfoot, New Glasgow town councillor, credits a lot of the event’s growth to MacLean and this year’s co-chair, Courtney Malcolm.

“You don’t have to be a good golfer,” assured Proudfoot about the event which, he says, is meant to be for fun. The fun continues to each hole through the course as well with different companies and organizations sponsoring the holes.

Tournament organizers also extend thanks to their sponsors that help them put on the event as well each year. This year, for the first time, sponsored by the local MLAs, NNEC, NRHS and AG Baillie will also be taking part in the event, bringing a younger generation into the game and mixing things up a bit.

“I think it’s the camaraderie,” said Proudfoot about why people enjoy coming back to play the event.

“There’s a drive here to keep Scottish tradition alive,” MacLean added.

The organizing committee also extends a call out to volunteers to help with the event.

Registration is at noon on July 12 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Golfers can still register a team for $360 or register as an individual for $90. To register contact maclean@wearwellgarments.com, tng.student@newglasgow.ca or call 902-752-4800.