Lochcarron tees up par-fect tartan for Europe’s golfing elite

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.
First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

Selkirk hosted the Ryder Cup on Monday when the coveted trophy was in town for the launch of the golf tournament’s official tartan.

First Minister Alex Salmond was joined by the cup’s European director Richard Hills at the Lochcarron of Scotland complex.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

The tartan was commissioned to celebrate the return to Scotland of the Europe versus USA clash which takes place every two years.

Lochcarron – which has units in Hawick and Langholm as well as Selkirk – is the official tartan supplier for next year’s tournament.

The design features four shades of blue inspired by Scotland’s landscape, white from the Saltire, and blue and gold to reflect the core colours of the European flag.

The 40th playing of the cup is at Gleneagles between September 26 and 28. The principal designer was Lochcarron’s Dawn Robson Bell with input from Euro captain and tourney hero Paul McGinley.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

He commented: “I am very honoured that my input was sought.

“While it was obviously important that the tartan was uniquely Scottish to reflect the host nation, I also wanted it to illustrate the Continent of Europe that we will be representing at Gleneagles. I think we have done that superbly.”

First Minister Salmond stressed: “Tartan’s importance to Scotland cannot be overestimated. It is deeply embedded in Scottish culture and is an internationally recognised symbol of Scotland. Therefore, this beautiful tartan is the perfect way for the Ryder Cup to celebrate its return to the home of golf.”

Lochcarron’s chief executive officer Daniel Kim said: “We are really excited to be involved in such a huge sporting event coming to Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

“We have paid careful attention to ensure the design reflects the unique quality and drama of the most treasured trophy in golf, while still paying close tribute to the Scottish heritage behind the game.”

It’s estimated the tournament will inject £100million into Scotland’s economy and Mr Salmond said: “The Ryder Cup is broadcast to 183 countries worldwide, reaching more than half a billion homes on each day of the competition, truly making this event Scotland’s moment to shine.”

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.

First Minister Alex Salmond at Lochcarron.