Experience wins through in the John MacEachen Memorial Trophy

Pictured are Andrew Henderson, Mo MacCall (John's sister) Neil Armour, Anne Moffat (John's daughter) and Neil MacDougall. Absent from the pic Kenny MacLean sen who had a prior engagement. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

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Experience seemed to be the name of the game as the two major winning teams in the fourth annual John MacEachen Memorial Trophy had an average of 65 years young.

This charity fundraising event has very quickly become one of the largest golfing tournaments of its kind within Argyll and Bute.

The organisers were a bit disappointed with a number of very late call-offs, mostly Covid related.  This dropped the planned competitor number from 208 to 180, which is still the largest field of the year, to play the immaculate Glencruitten Golf Course.

The winners, Team Forgrieve, all bus-pass carrying Glencruitten stalwarts. (Dr) Neil Armour, Neilly (3) MacDougall, Kenny (Berram) MacLean and the Raploch Magician Andy (Tar) Henderson produced a superb winning score of 99 points, with Andy Tar playing ‘the best round of golf in my life’.

Runners-up, after winning last week’s AmAm, was The Staffa Tours Team of John Plunkett, Brian Blue, Kenny Devine, and the baby-faced assassin Scott McLennan.  They finished five points behind the winning team with an impressive score of 94 points.

Other prize winners were: Nearest the pin – Charlie Spreadbury Jnr, with the longest drive – Mark Bergent.

Worth noting regarding the golf is that the Kintyre Tractormen, lead by Largieside’s tremendous sportsman Duncan (Stone) Johnstone, produced a very reasonable score of 86 points, and the team from the Oban Times managed to eclipse their previous two outings in this event where they failed to return a score by failing to field a team at all, due to the fact that some members failed a late fitness test.

The Pink Ladies, under their new name of Seafarm Mermaids, raised a lot of smiles with their colourful attire and very attractive matching hairstyles.

Apologies must go to Finlay O’Rourke and Davy Laird who were upset because their tickets were not drawn out in the raffle.

Thanks once again to Kathleen and David Lafferty for their continuing sponsorship of the event and to all the other local businesses and individuals who contributed to the very successful raffle.

A big thank you once again to Glencruitten Golf Course and clubhouse staff for their hard work.

Thanks also to Kevin ‘The Camera’ McGlynn for leaving Ollie from Dunollie for the day to come and take some fabulous photographs and wind up the competitors superbly.

The MacEachen family would like to thank the golfers and all the people who bought raffle tickets, helping to make this a very successful money-raising event. The final total will be in excess of £7,500 and all money will be going to local cancer charities.