Oban Am-Am tees off for 34th year

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Amateur golfers teamed up for Oban Rotary Club’s annual charity Am-Am competition at the weekend.

Thirty eight teams teed off at Glencruitten Golf Club on Sunday.

Teams travelled from as far away as Glasgow and Dunblane to take part but the eventual first prize winners taking home The Oban Times trophy was Oban Camanachd A.

This year was the 34th annual competition and is one of the Rotary Club’s biggest regular fundraising events, supporting good causes.

Since the event started, it has raised £187,000. Every year it accounts for around 60 to 70 per cent of the charity’s yearly funds.

Am-Am convenor David Mudie said the winning team were ‘worthy winners’ and it was ‘a good competition well -played’.

The first and third winning teams generously converted their prize vouchers into cash  for Oban’s Dove Centre, said Mr Mudie.

‘It was a day in which everyone enjoyed their golf,’ he added.

An auction supported by local business raised £500 as part of the event and around £690 came from a raffle which will go to Mary’s Meals.

Last year’s Am-Am brought in £12,000 and 2019 organisers are hoping to come close to that again.

Results and prizes:

Winners of the first team prize of The Oban Times trophy and £200 was Oban Camanachd A with 93 points. Members were Ian Hay, N Evans, B Wotherspoon and N Campbell.

Winners of the second team prize of PDK Shellfish Ltd trophy and £120 were Oban Camanachd Sec with 89 points. Members were S Evans, C Eccleston, I MacMillan and N MacFarlane.

Winners of the third team prize of the bank of Scotland Tropy and £100 sponsored by MacQueen Bros were The Lorne Bar with 89 points. Members were Declan Curran, Bryan Livingstone, Calum MacLellan and Scott Johnstone.

The Coloured Ball Competition, sponsored by Scottish Sea Farms Ltd, was won by Kames Fish Farm with 65 strokes. Team members were Alan Jamieson, Malcolm Cullen, Steven McCuish and Martin Tait.

Winners of the leading visiting team, sponsored by James Smith & Co (Connel) Ltd, with 75 points were the Rotary Club of Dunblane. Members were Rob Jones, Jim Gardner, Ivor Butchart and Norman Ainszie.

Nearest to the pin winners were second hole, D MacLean; fifth hole N Evans; ninth hole M Smyth; tenth hole Ian MacMillan; 15th hole Rod Jones and 17th hole S McCuish.