Mactaggart on course for open tour debut

Tara Mactaggart
Tara Mactaggart

TEENAGE golf ace Tara Mactaggart is set to tee up with the professionals this season, writes Jason Marshall.

The 17-year-old, who plays off a handicap of two, will join the ranks of the newly-formed PLGC Scottish Ladies Open Tour (SLOT), which is open to all female professionals as well as single-figure handicap amateurs who want to measure their ability against the pros.

The tour, which will comprise 20 professionals and 10 amateurs, will see Tara competing at illustrious venues such as Dalmahoy, St Andrews and Carnoustie, and will be a welcome addition to her playing schedule.

Tara’s dad Stuart explained: “Once girls like Tara are over 18 years old, there’s only a limited amount of competitions they can play in. So the new tour opens things up a little bit, and I would think Tara will enter three or four of the tournaments. And playing alongside professionals can only be a good thing for her.”

As well as preparing for her debut on the open tour, Tara is in competitive action next weekend in a three-day strokeplay competition at Carnoustie, where the top 12 under-18 girls will be vying for the spoils in an invite-only event.

n Tara would like to thank the Bill McLaren Foundation for its continuing support.