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Fundraising event - Muirfield - Tuesday 27th October


What a great day it was! We did have concerns about what the weather would throw at us in late-October in Scotland, but we needn't have worried - the day dawned beautifully and flat-calm. The wind did get up a little as the day progressed, but is what we who live here would call a "gentle breeze" and the scores - or at least many of them! - reflected the benign conditions.


 And here is a clip taken shortly before 8am


11 teams competed, though 2 had only 3 players rather than 4, they were given a small handicap adjustment to compensate. One of the teams shrugged off their depleted resources, as you can read later, whilst the other did not quite achieve the same degree of success!


The day started with an excellent breakfast and suitably nourished, the players made their way to their opening hole of the shotgun start. After all the good - and not so good - shots and the scores calculated, we sat down to lunch, followed by the prizegiving and then the auction to raise further funds for the John Rattray Statue project.


Of course, being granted access to the clubhouse made the day extra special, as this is a privilege not accorded to many visitors. Of particular interest to us was viewing the actual, original "Silver Club", resplendent in its glass case, as well as originals of many pictures frequently shown in books, magazines or indeed the Internet.


The golf format was stableford on full handicap, with 2 scores counting towards the team at each hole. So, "par" for a team was 72. 7 teams were under "par" with 4 not being so successful - or as one person said "wanting to concentrate on the taking part, rather then being a glory hunter" - but of course, nobody believed him!


The winners with a marvellous score of 84 points were Ross McClean, Asher Fried and Geoff Bleasby, all fresh from the World Hickory Open (WHO) at Carnoustie and therefore playing with hickory clubs, closely followed by Mike Stevens, Deal Hudson, Brian Schuman and Lionel Freedman, also from WHO, on 80, with Alan Steel Asset Management, represented by Steve Wilson, Ghill Donald, Steve Forbes and Ian Danskin, on 79.


The 2 "nearest the pins" were won by Bob McWalter of the "In the Bunker" team at the 7th and by Ian Danskin at the 16th.


View all the scores here and various photographs of the day here.