Renowned golf travel broadcaster Matt Ginella has lined up a place at one of Scotland’s major Pro Am events this year.
Until recently, Ginella was the voice of the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and the network’s resident travel insider, providing insights on some of the best golf destinations in the world.
He joined the Golf Channel after moving to Florida from Golf Digest in New York, where he led travel coverage. He was also a senior editor for GolfAdvisor.com, the largest online source for golf course ratings, reviews and recommendations by golfers, for golfers.
Ginella has confirmed he will be part of an international line up in the prestigious Highland Golf Links Pro Am sponsored by Tomatin which will take place from 5-7 October.
He said: “I’ve heard great things about the Highland Golf Links Pro Am and I am excited to be taking part this year. It’s always great to visit the Scottish Highlands and to be able to play three of the world’s best links courses in three days is an opportunity I couldn’t miss.”
Ginella follows some illustrious media personalities who have taken part in the Pro Am. Last year BBC journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty, Sky Sports reporter Sarah Stirk and talkSPORT radio host Georgie Bingham joined Sky reporter and former Ladies European Tour player Sophie Walker in competing in the event. BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter and BBC Radio commentator Alan Tait, a PGA Pro, were also in the field.
Already this year teams from the US, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands are expected to join players from across the UK taking part in the competition, held over three of Scotland’s finest links courses – Castle Stuart, the Championship Course at Royal Dornoch and Nairn.
Only a few places now remain for the 54-hole event, one of the richest on the PGA in Scotland Tour, which is limited to 60 teams.
Headline sponsor, the world-renowned whisky distillers Tomatin, are again offering a special incentive to the winner. As well as the winner’s cheque, the victorious professional will take away a collectors’ item 50-year-old Tomatin single malt, bottled exclusively for the event and with an estimated value of £10,000.
Tomatin will also provide all amateur players this year with an exclusive bottle of single malt from a commemorative cask.
Global golf brand TaylorMade are returning as corporate partners for the 2020 event, along with Florida-based clothing manufacturers Private Estate, the Kingsmills Hotel and Culloden House in Inverness, and communications company Quatro PR.
Tomatin were the tournament’s original sponsors, from 2012-2015, and helped establish it as one of the most coveted events on the Scottish golfing calendar.
Stephen Bremner, Managing Director at Tomatin, said: “We are delighted to be back as headline sponsors of the 2020 Highland Golf Links Pro Am and continue our association with this acclaimed event at such wonderful venues.
“Last year’s event was hugely successful and we are looking forward to another exciting and memorable tournament in October.”
Stuart McColm, General Manager of Castle Stuart Golf Links, who is leading the organising team, said: “We are thrilled that such a renowned and respected figure as Matt Ginella will be joining us at the Pro Am this year.
“The event’s popularity among professional and amateur golfers increases each year which is demonstrated by the interest from both home and abroad.
“Tomatin have raised the stakes in providing such a sought-after prize for the winning professional and have increased the quality of the event for amateurs. As such this is a must-play tournament.”
Castle Stuart, which has hosted the Scottish Open on four occasions, was recently ranked No 2 in a list of the Top 10 Modern Courses by Texas-based Pioneer Golf. It was also placed No 66 in GOLF magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World list in December 2019.
Royal Dornoch’s Championship Course, which will host the R&A Senior Amateur Championship in 2021, was recently named No 1 in the world by leading online golf reservation service golfscape. It was also ranked No 10 in GOLF magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World list and No 4 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses outside the US.
Nairn, which has been home to both the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup, held the Boys Amateur Championship in 2017.
For more information on The Highland Golf Links Pro Am sponsored by Tomatin visit www.hglproam.com