Amateur golfers tee-up for 36th Rotary AMAM

Oban Times group finance director George Graham (centre) with last year's Oban Rotary Club AM AM winners from left Scott MacLennan, John Plunkett, Kenny Devine and Brian Blue. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Oban’s amateur golfers will once again be given the opportunity to team up for Rotary Club’s AMAM Competition, which will take place on Sunday June 5.

Backed by main sponsors The Oban Times and PDK Scottish Shellfish, this will be the 36th time the competition has been run and it normally features players from as far afield as Dunblane, Crieff, Glasgow and Stirling.

Other sponsors include: James Smith and Co (Connel); Scottish Sea Farms; MacQueen Bros Charitable Trust and MacQueen Shredding.

Since the competition first tee’d off in 1985 the event has raised almost £200,000 for local good causes, making it the main fundraiser for Oban Rotary Club – accounting for approximately 60-70 per cent of the charity’s annual funds.

Normally about 45 teams would participate in the competition and it is hoped team entries this year will match that number. A team consists of four golfers with the best two scores from each hole being counted.

All the funds generated from the competition are used to supports many popular local events and causes, including the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival and also many youth and sporting activities in the Oban area.

Oban Rotary regularly contribute to the Laurinburg School Exchange, as well as High School outdoor trips and events.

Two years ago Oban Rotary made a commitment to support the North Argyll Young Carers Centre by contributing some £12,000 to the centre, to be distributed over a three year period. This funding has had a domino effect for the centre, which supports young carers in the area through respite care. It helped the charity secure £83,836 from BBC Children in Need which will also be distributed over a three-year period.

Rotary Funding has also helped West Highland Tennis Week, Glencruitten Junior Golf Coaching, Oban High School and its Pipe Band, and the Dove Centre.

Due to the pandemic, Oban Rotary has been unable to generate income over the last couple of years, and so it is hoped that this year’s AMAM competition will be a good kickstart to the club’s fundraising activities, which are primarily designed to assist organisations within the local community.

In addition to the support from the club’s members, the event this year will be assisted by the Oban detachment of the Sea Cadets, whose young members will be helping in the important role of ball spotting, which enables the competition to run smoothly.

The competition, of course, relies on the co-operation and assistance of the members and green keeping staff of Glencruitten Golf Club, whose help is quite invaluable to the holding and smooth running of the competition.

Oban Rotary is very thankful for the many local businesses who provide sponsorship and donations. Although many of the local businesses will have suffered as a result of coronavirus, it is hoped they will all continue to contribute in the very generous manner they have done in previous years.