Rotary Am Am at Glencruitten Golf Club on 4th June 2023
In magnificent sunshine Oban Rotary Club ran its annual Am Am golf competition at Glencruitten last Sunday, it raised an excellent sum in excess of £12,000 which will be used for the benefit and support of local charities, good causes and youth organisations.
The course, thanks to the hard work of Head Greenkeeper, Dougie MacIntyre, and his team, was in superb condition and this was reflected in the low scores which were returned. Some 41 teams, including a number of visiting teams participated which is one of the highest numbers in the 37 years of the event.
The excellent scores resulted in a tie and it was only on a count back that the winner of the event was achieved. The successful team were a quartet of young Oban men who enjoyed the team name of “Balls Deep” returning a score of 95 points. They were awarded the Oban Times trophy sponsored by the newspaper. The runners up were Rexel of Oban who received the trophy sponsored by PDK Shellfish Ltd. The third team prize finishing only 2 points behind were a quartet of shy retiring Oban men who enjoyed the team name “Most Handsome”. They received the Bank of Scotland trophy sponsored by MacQueen Bros. The leading visiting team prize sponsored by James Smith & Co (Connel) Ltd was won by E Thornton & Co who were comprised entirely of members from Dalmally Golf Club who strongly supported the event by entering four teams. The final prize of the coloured ball competition was won by Oban Memorials. A special prize was awarded to one of the members of the Rexel Glasgow team, Ryan Thompson, who had a hole in one at the 15th hole.
Throughout the day members of Oban Rotary, assisted by Sea Cadets from the Oban detachment TS Pharos, kept play flowing by acting as ball spotters.
Above are the winning team, "Balls Deep".
Rotary Vice President Ciorsti Baxter once again ran a very successful raffle ably assisted by a number of very enthusiastic members of the local Brownie group. The raffle raised a truly magnificent sum in excess of £1,200 which will be donated to the local charity Mary’s Meals who carry out excellent work throughout the world.
After a long day the event concluded before a lively audience with the prizegiving being introduced by Eddie Thornton, Am Am Convenor and presented by Lachie Beaton, Rotary President. During his comments Lachie thanked all the sponsors, participating teams, Golf Club ground staff, catering and bar staff who had contributed in making the event such an outstanding success.
The Am Am is the Rotary Club’s main fundraising event and the sum raised in excess of £12,000 will be put to excellent use for local benefit. The Rotary Club is always hoping to attract new sponsors as well as members and should anyone wish to be a sponsor or join please contact any member of the Rotary Club.