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- Harris Tweed Togs Tees Up for Ryder Cup

A new range of Harris tweed clothes has been launched to mark the forthcoming competition to be held in Scotland.

The Ryder Cup Harris Tweed is a stylish 25 piece collection that includes classic men's and ladies' hacking jackets and plus-fours, flat caps, Boston style traveler bags and a selection of accessories including wallets and a hipflask, all incorporating the new Harris Tweed material (graphic by David Cheskin, PA Wire).

The range is made by Harris Tweed Hebrides, a producer based in Shawbost on Lewis. The tweed will also be cut into the uniform for the Junior Ryder Cup team who will play a curtain-raiser to the main event which starts on September 23rd at Gleneagles.

The Lewis firm has partnered with Edinburgh retailer Walker Slater to produce the collection which will be sold online and at selected outlets.

The Ryder Cup, which pitches an American team of golfers against the best of Europe, comes to Gleneagles (pictured here) in September.

Richard Hills, Europe's Ryder Cup Director, said: "We are delighted to see this impressive collection come to fruition ahead of one of the world's largest sporting events. The Ryder Cup Harris Tweed is an exquisite design and yet another example of the highly skilled craftsmanship to come out of Scotland."

Former UK trade minister Brian Wilson who chairs Harris Tweed Hebrides: "Golf, Gleneagles and Harris Tweed form a great partnership which reflects Scotland at its very best. It is an honour, shared by the weavers and mill-workers in Lewis, to have been chosen as a standard-bearer of excellence in association with the Ryder Cup."

The tweeds looks just fine and dandy to my untrained eye. However Scottie, the Rampant Scotland editor, who on a good day has managed to break 100 at the golf course at Troon, remains outraged by the desecration by the publicity shots showing a comely model teeing off -IN HER STILLETOS. Some people just have nae respect for that glorious, if frustrating, game.

About The Ryder Cup

The illustrious history of the Ryder Cup dates back to the 1920s and, from the very beginning, Scots have had a telling influence on the ultimate team golf tournament.

There are the talented team captains who are chosen to lead their men to victory, and the brave players who picked up crucial points in the heat of battle. Then there are the course architects whose classic layouts - on both sides of the pond - have been used as Ryder Cup venues.

The first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927, with a couple of unofficial meetings preceding that inaugural tournament. In 2014, the 40th Ryder Cup will be contested at Gleneagles and, once again, Scotland will play a major part in the Ryder Cup story.

Graphic of the Ryder Cup via Wkimedia Commons.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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