Oban Rotary hosts 36th Am Am golf competition

AmAm winners with Oban Rotary Club convener Eddie Thornton, and Ciorsti Baxter, vice president of Oban Rotary Club, at Glencruitten Golf Club. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Oban Rotary Club held its annual Am Am competition last Sunday at Glencruitten, raising around £10,000 to support local charities and youth organisations.

The competition was played in brilliant sunshine and the course was in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of greenkeeper Dougie MacIntyre and his team.

Twenty five teams, including a number of visiting golfers, took part. The format was teams of four with the best two scoring. There was also a coloured ball competition.

Some very good scores were recorded which resulted in only single points separating the top three teams.

The first prize trophy, sponsored by The Oban Times, was won by D & K Lafferty with a score of 90 points. The runner-up trophy, sponsored by PDK Shellfish Limited, was won by KW Heating & Plumbing with 89 points.

The third placed team, representing The Oban Times, were awarded the Bank of Scotland trophy, sponsored by MacQueen Brothers, with a score of 88.

The leading visiting team prize, sponsored by James Smith & Co (Connel) Limited, was won by The Balla Boys from Ballachulish who scored 87. The coloured ball competition, sponsored by Scottish Sea Farms Limited, was won by The Paint Shop Boys.

Mention should be made of the ladies’ team, with the colourful name Peaches and Cream, with outfits to match, who finished fourth.

To keep play flowing, Rotary members acted as ball spotters, ably assisted by Sea Cadets from the Oban Detachment TS Pharos.

Rotary vice president Ciorsti Baxter organised a raffle and with the help of four enthusiastic Brownies who acted as ticket sellers, £870 was raised which will be donated to Mary’s Meals.

The day concluded with an auction, capably conducted by Peter Tosh, and the prizegiving with trophies presented by Eddie Thornton, Am Am convenor, and Ciorsti Baxter.

During the prizegiving, Ciorsti thanked all the sponsors, participating teams, golf club ground staff, catering and bar staff and everyone who had helped make the event such a great day.

All funds raised are used by Oban Rotary to support local charities and youth organisations. Ciorsti said it was anticipated this year’s event had raised around £10,000.

In total, previous competitions have raised more than £210,000 and the Am Am remains the Rotary Club’s most successful annual fundraiser. The club is keen to attract as many sponsors as possible. Any potential sponsors should contact any member of Oban Rotary Club for further information.

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Caption: Am Am winners with Oban Rotary Club convener Eddie Thornton, and Ciorsti Baxter, vice president of Oban Rotary Club, at Glencruitten Golf Club. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Caption: Christine Cameron play from the 18th fairway. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Caption: Lorne Brown, playing for The Balla Boys, chips on to the 4th green. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Nigel Evans concentrating on his play for The Oban Times, chips on to the 18th green. The Oban Times team finished in 3rd place. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.