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The first shots were hit this morning in the Highland Golf Links 54-Hole Pro-Am Sponsored by Blue Group as a capacity field gathered at three of Scotland’s finest links courses.

Left to right – Jonathan Lomas (pro) , David McCelland, Martin Morris and James McCluskey.

Left to right – Jonathan Lomas (pro) , David McCelland, Martin Morris and James McCluskey.


Play got under way at 8am at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Royal Dornoch Golf Club and The Nairn Golf Club, with more than 300 players from the UK, Europe and as far afield as Doha competing over three days.

The Pro-Am, which is being sponsored for the second year by Blue Group, is estimated to generate about £200,000 for the Highland economy, with other HGL partners – the Kingsmills Hotel and Culloden House Hotel, Inverness, and the Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch – all benefiting from late-season bookings.

The Tartan Tour event, which boasts a professional prize fund of more than £60,000, is open to teams of four players from anywhere in the world consisting of three amateurs (ladies or gentlemen) plus a professional of their choice. Teams that do not include a pro are allocated a leading player from the PGA Scotland Order of Merit.

The competition finishes on Wednesday and a prizegiving dinner will be held at the Kingsmills Hotel on Wednesday evening.

Organisers have decided to donate money raised at the event to The Oxygen Works, created by the MS Therapy Centre, in Inverness, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year. Proceeds will also go to support Highland Hospice.

The 2016 Pro-Am, which broke all previous records for the event, has been shortlisted in the Best Sporting Event category in this year’s annual Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards