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Brora five-day golf tournament will go ahead next month

By Will Clark

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Brora Golf Club say their five- day open will go ahead in August as long as restrictions are not imposed by the government.

Brora Golf Club.
Brora Golf Club.

The tournament will run from August 3-7 and 120 players from around the world have entered to take part so far.

The Scottish Government lifted restrictions on golf being played at the end of May and with the Covid-19 situation improving in Scotland, lockdown is being further eased in the next few weeks.

Brora Golf Club general manager Tony Gill says due to the improving situation in the country, they are confident that the tournament can go ahead.

“Only if the government announced we would have to move back into lockdown would we be prevented from running it, but we very much hope to,” he said.

“All the latest advice we have been receiving is from July 15, the hospitality industry can open in some way.

“With accommodation available, us being able to open up our food and beverage service and having over 120 entries, we thought it was the right thing to do for everybody who wants to come and from the golf club’s perspective financially as well.”

Despite the 120 entries, which includes players from North America and Europe, Gill expects international numbers to drop but for local entries to rise.

“There are entries from the United States and Sweden and travel might be difficult for them with the 14-day quarantine enforcement. We expect new local entries so it wouldn’t surprise me if we ended up at 140.”

The format remains the same, decided by 36 holes stroke play qualifying from which the leading 16 scratch scores, and thereafter the leading 48 net scores, will contest knockout match play.

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