Sep 23 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
WINNING Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie gave 64 golfers drawn from clubs across Scotland a day to remember this week when he hosted the final of Monty’s Monthly Medal at The Carrick on Loch Lomond.
A clutch of Highland Perthshire players were in the line-up.
Supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, the event was staged by the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and has generated thousands of pounds for the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, the charity set up by Dunning-based Monty in memory of his late mother, who died of cancer 10 years ago.
The golfers, with handicaps ranging from 1 to 28, won a place in the final after taking part in their own club’s qualifying competition in July. And, memorably, they got a chance to pit their skills against the eight-times European Tour Order of Merit number one at the par 3 16th.
The line-up included Blair Atholl members Gordon Sutherland, Billy MacLeod, David Morrison and Scott Davies, Pitlochry’s Richard Drummond, Andrew Wyllie, Darren McGlynn and Ewan Dunbar, and Kenmore quartet David Tufft, Scott Black, John Dixon and Walter Patterson.
They didn’t feature on the main prize list but Billy, Darren and Richard were among only nine who can boast that they “beat the pro” with their tee shots.
Darren nailed his iron to two feet and holed the birdie putt.
Proceeds raised by the Foundation are helping to establish two new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres – one in Aberdeen and the other in Lanarkshire – as well as supporting other existing centres.
The SGU and SLGA confirmed the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation as their official charity partner earlier this year at the launch of Monty’s Monthly Medal, which concluded with the final this week.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the golf clubs and members who have taken part in this event and donated their entry fee to the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation,” said Montgomerie.
“Golfers from Scotland, and indeed all across the world, have been generous towards our Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal and playing alongside club golfers at The Carrick was my way of saying thank you to them.”
“Aberdeen Asset Management and the De Vere Carrick have also been extremely supportive and both are helping us towards our goal of building two new much need Maggie’s Centres in Scotland.” he added.
This week’s event was played in a stableford format and prizes included a signed Ryder Cup flag and golf merchandise supplied by Aberdeen Asset Management and Bushnell.