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Tomatin Highland Single Malt Extends Sponsorship of HGL Pro Am 2024 and Launches Links Golf Tuition Mini-Series with leading YouTube Golf Influencer

Tomatin Highland Single Malt has confirmed a one-year extension to their sponsorship of the prestigious the HGL Pro Am golf tournament (which began as the Highland Golf Links Pro Am) which will take place 30th September to 2nd October 2024.

As part of their ongoing commitment to enhancing the event and promoting links between whisky and golf further, Tomatin has joined with the HGL Pro Am to announce the production of a mini-series of golf tuition videos in collaboration with renowned golf professional, Steve Johnston. The mini-series will focus on bespoke lessons in how to play links golf.


Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of the award-winning Tomatin Distillery, expressed his enthusiasm for the ongoing partnership: "We're delighted to continue our support for the HGL Pro Am in 2024, showcasing the very best of the Highland golfing experience. We're also excited to work with Steve Johnston on the mini-series.’


The mini-series on links golf will provide lessons on playing under the wind; getting out of pothole bunkers; and using the ‘bump and run’. All three lessons, filmed at one of the HGL Pro Am courses, Cabot Highlands, will feature on Steve Johnston’s popular YouTube channel.


Steve Johnston, a highly respected advanced PGA golf professional, added:  "I'm thrilled to share my knowledge and passion for links golf through this mini-series, and grateful to Tomatin for their ongoing commitment to the HGL Pro Am. Together, we can help golfers improve their game and enjoy the unique challenges of links courses, especially at this year’s event."

Jeremy Matte, Director of Golf at Cabot Highlands and organiser of the HGL Pro Am, shared his appreciation for Tomatin's sponsorship: "We're excited to have Tomatin Highland Single Malt on board for another year. Their support has been integral to the tournament's success, and we look forward to working together to create an unforgettable experience for both the professional and amateur golfers alike.”


The HGL Pro Am will bring together professional and amateur golfers from around the world to compete on three of Scotland's finest links courses: Royal Dornoch, Nairn GC, and Cabot Highlands.






Notes to Editors


About Steve Johnston

Steve Johnston is a PGA Advanced Professional, GSEB, and a Coach on the Bunkered Magazine Tuition Panel. His YouTube channel has over 105k subscribers and his videos are viewed thousands of times. Steve is based at Peebles Golf Club.


About the HGL Pro Am

The HGL Pro Am, which began as the Highland Golf Links Pro Am, is a prestigious golf tournament held annually in the Scottish Highlands. The tournament takes place over three days, with participants playing on three world-class links golf courses: Cabot Highlands, Nairn Golf Club, and Royal Dornoch Golf Club.


Teams consist of three amateur players and one PGA professional, with both men's and women's teams welcome to participate. The tournament is open to teams from all over the world, providing a unique opportunity for golf enthusiasts to compete on some of Scotland's finest courses while enjoying the beautiful scenery and warm Highland hospitality.


The HGL Pro Am is supported by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) in Scotland and attracts a strong field of competitors each year. In addition to the main tournament, participants can look forward to a range of gifts, prizes, and exclusive experiences provided by the event's sponsors, making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for all involved.


About Tomatin.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands, 16 miles south of Inverness, and is famous for its portfolio of refined and elegant whiskies.  


As well as production of Tomatin Highland single malts, The Antiquary, The Talisman, and Big T, the distillery also produces an experimental Highland single malt in limited batches for one week every winter, using lightly peated barley, called Cù Bòcan.   


Tomatin has a proud heritage stretching back to the 15th century when whisky production was likely to be taking place illicitly in the area. It was in 1897 when the first formal distillery was established by John MacDougall as the Tomatin Spey Distillery Company.


Since then, the distillery has been dedicated to protecting its craft, its environment, and its community, which have been at the heart of the business for centuries. Many of the craftspeople working on-site have been doing so their entire working lives. 


In 2022, Tomatin was awarded ‘Scotch Whisky Producer of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Spirits Producer of the Year’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). Later that year, it was recognised as ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year’ at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky 2023, in recognition of its continued contribution to sustainably at the distillery.    


This success continued into 2023 when the distillery’s ‘Legacy’ was awarded Gold at IWSC. That same year, Tomatin also took home seven awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while Cù Bòcan, took home three. Tomatin’s 36 Year Old was crowned the ultimate winner at SFWSC for malts, being named ‘Best in Show’, officially making it one of the best whiskies in the world.   


‘To What Matters’ is the latest chapter in the brand’s evolution; it is a positive call to arms that represents the spiritual DNA of Tomatin - a belief in savouring what is truly important in life and time spent together. 


The distillery works locally with several regional partners, including a long-term partnership with Maggie’s Highlands and the Highland Hospice, charities providing essential services for people living in the Scottish Highlands. In 2023, Tomatin raised £57,500 for the Highland Hospice. 



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