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Festival of the Tartans golf tournament fast approaching

Frank Proudfoot, Brittany Lodge and Stirling MacLean are busy preparing for the annual Festival of the Tartans golf tournament.
Frank Proudfoot, Brittany Lodge and Stirling MacLean are busy preparing for the annual Festival of the Tartans golf tournament. - Adam MacInnis

FRASERS MOUNTAIN – Get out your kilts.

It’s almost time for the annual Festival of the Tartans golf tournament.

The tournament has been an annual tradition of the Festival since the early 1970s and will be held this year on Thursday, July 12, at Glen Lovat golf course.

While in the early years it was an individual event of stroke play, for the last couple of decades it has become a team scramble event.

“It’s a great time,” said co-chair of the tournament Stirling MacLean. “We’ve been building the tournament up quite a bit the last number of years and we’re up to 23 teams so far this year with room for a few more. We’re looking forward to a good turnout and a good day.

Kilts are optional as there is both a tartan and non-tartan division, he said.

The cost is $360 per team or $90 per individual, which covers 18 holes of golf, golf cart, team gift bags, full-course chicken dinner, prizes and “event holes.” Individuals who don’t have a team can still register and will be placed on a team.

The lowest scoring tartan team receives the historic and much coveted Lord Provost Trophy. For the past two years the A&W team has won it and they’ll be trying to defend it again this year.

They may have some tough competition however. Brittany Lodge, who is working as a summer student co-ordinator with the Town of New Glasgow and is helping with the event, said the three local MLAs have sponsored teams from North Nova Education Centre, Northumberland Regional High School and A.G. Baillie Memorial School to take part in the tournament. As well, a team from Pictou Academy is entering.

Win or lose, though, organizer Frank Proudfoot said it’s a great event for people to take part in.

“We have a lot of fun for everybody. You don’t have to be a top golfer, that’s for sure.”

MacLean agreed.

“It’s about the comradery,” he said.

For more information on the tournament you can contact Brittany Lodge at tng.student@newglasgow.ca or by phoning 902-752-4800.

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