Scottish golf cartoon favourite Scratch MacTee has been awarded ‘honorary membership’ of Stromness Golf Club on the isles of Orkney as he continues to capture the hearts of golf-lovers across the globe.
The popular golf cartoon was created by four of the most Scottish-based business and artistic talents, including writer and comedian Phil Differ, who has been involved in comedy successes such as Rab C Nesbitt, Scotch and Wry, Still Game and Only an Excuse, alongside Norman Stone, Alex Leonard and Stephen Tennent.
The endearing comic-strip golf cartoon character is a grousing, grumpy but irresistibly good-hearted expert that gives a sarcastic Caledonian take on the idiosyncrasies of the game.
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The honour, which was conferred early last month, puts MacTee in distinguished company alongside multiple major winner Sandy Lyle and top Scottish-based tour player Dean Robertson who have also received the honour.
To mark the occasion, the men behind the creation of the doughty Scotsman are planning to establish an annual tournament and dinner in his name at the Stromness club.
We are delighted to be involved with Scratch MacTee and are very excited about him becoming an honorary member of the club.
Stromness Golf Club Mens’ captain, Morgan Harcus, said: “We are a small club not too long in yardage, but with every shot you hit there is a new challenge awaiting you since the club is rich in water hazards and long rough concrete bunkers, relics of two world wars, as well as smallish greens.
“We are delighted to be involved with Scratch MacTee and are very excited about him becoming an honorary member of the club.”
Co-creator Alex Leonard, who lives in Orkney, said the links with his golf cartoon was unexpected but extremely welcome. “Scratch has really taken off in golf circles and this honour, though totally unexpected, is a wonderful recognition.”
Leonard along with Differ, Stone and Tennent predict that the character is poised to develop into a major global media and merchandising business, with a clear focus on the promotion of Scotland and bringing benefits to the country.
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You can follow the adventures of Scratch MacTee on Twitter via @ScratchMacTee
Stromness Golf Club will be 125 years old in 2015. The history of the club and lots of further information is available at www.stromnessgc.co.uk.