Sell-out success for the Tassie

Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel
Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel

All 333 places in this year’s Craw’s Nest Tassie golf tournament sold out in just five minutes after ballots went online recently.

First played in 1927 the annual contest returns to Carnoustie in early September and will see players from around the globe compete on the Championship and Buddon courses.

Colin McLeod, golf services manager for the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC), said: “We are extremely proud that the Tassie continues to prove popular among amateurs and this year’s sell-out time reaffirms the tournament’s status as one of the most prestigious amateur golf competitions in the UK. As in years gone by, we have been inundated with applications from across the globe with entries coming in from America, Sweden, Holland and Spain, as well as from across Britain.”

The Craw’s Nest Tassie, or Tassie as it is known by locals and regular competitors, is one of the most popular week-long amateur events in the UK, with this year’s tournament being staged 88 years after the competition’s inception.

It was founded by influential local golfers who commissioned a tassie, or solid silver drinking bowl, from jewellers Messrs Crabbe and McKenzie, the original trophy is still presented to the winner.

For the first four years, the Tassie was held in June but this switched to a September date in 1931 with a view to increasing the number of entries from England. In 1935, entry numbers toppled 200 for the first time and continued to rise year-on-year with the figure hitting 454 by 1969.

The Tassie begins with two qualifying rounds, one over the Championship and the other over the Buddon. The 64 competitors with the best scratch scores are drawn to play over the Championship for the Tassie, while the 64 with the best nett scores compete for the Maulesbank Trophy in a matchplay event over the Buddon. For information on Carnoustie Golf Links contact Phil at GMS on phil@gmsgolf.co.uk or +44(0)1438 718399.