Rotary Am Am at Glencruitten Golf Club on 2nd June 2019
Our picture below shows the members of the three winning teams along with Am-Am Convenor David Mudie and President Iain MacIntyre.
To emphasise the community spirit this event now engenders all three principal winners on their own volition asked Oban Rotary to convert their vouchers to cash totalling £420 to be donated to the Oban Hospice Movement i.e. The Dove Centre based in Stevenson Street.
Our picture, below, shows the winning team captains, Nigel Evans (Oban Camanachd "A") , Gareth Evans ( Oban Camanachd SEC) and Declan Curran ( The Lorne Bar and Restaurant) presenting the cash to Oban Hospice Chairman David Entwhistle with Oban Rotary President, Iain Mac Intyre and Am-Am Convenor Dave Mudie also in attendance. This gesture very much highlights the regard in which "The Dove Centre" is held in the local community.
Oban Rotary completed its 34th successive Golf Am-Am on Sunday, 2nd June and once again the event was an enormous success in terms of organisation, enjoyment and fund raising.
The Golf Am-Am is by far the club's principal fund raiser for local good causes with in the region of £11,000/12,000 the likely outcome for this year. Included in the fund raising is a raffle which traditionally is donated to Mary's Meals, the locally based charity providing meals to under privileged children mainly in Africa so that they can go to school and this year around £690 was raised.
There are a variety of prizes on offer - best visiting team, nearest the pin at various holes, the " Yellow Ball" etc - but the three principal prizes, which are the two best scores on a stableford basis from a four man team were won by Oban Camanachd "A" ( The Oban Times Cup), Oban Camanachd Sec( The PDK Shellfish Cup) and third The Lorne Bar ( The George MillerTrophy).
39 teams took part on the Sunday with 3/4 calling off for various reasons - two due to ferry problems from Mull -but with well in excess of 100 sponsors, of which the Oban Times is the major one, this event is now a well established part of Oban's charitable giving. Oban Rotary's President, Iain Mac Intyre in bringing the event to a conclusion paid tribute to all concerned but emphasised the partnership which now exists between the members of Glencruitten Golf Club and Oban Rotary in terms of fund raising for local good causes, which includes support for youth golf development at the club.
An essential part of the smooth running of Oban Rotary's Golf Am-Am, the club's principal fund raiser, is the availability of ball spotters at the most difficult holes at Glencruitten Golf Club and the Rotarians appointed to this task have been very ably supported over this year's and last year's event by members of Police Scotlands Young Volunteers Programme. The latter involves youngsters aged 13/18 being trained to become "good citizens" which leads to providing assistance to volunteergroups in their efforts to raise funds for local good causes.
The initiative, which operates under the leadership of local police officer, Claire Brown based in Albany Street, has supported the last two Am-Ams and in addition to providing very worth while support the enthusiasm of the youngsters is very much appreciated by the players who enjoy their "banter". Our photo, right, shows :- L to R, Am-Am Convenor, Dave Mudie, Rotarian Lachie Beaton, PSYVs Brendan McNab, Summer Mac Donald, Rachel Noble, Rosalind Robertson with Rotarians Ronnie Neil, Iain Mac Intyre , Ken Moncrieff and at the front PSYVs Cameron Carmichael, Rebecca Palmer and Iona Caldwell.