First Open at Clober Golf Club raised thousands for St Margaret’s Hospice

Team who won the first St. Margaret's Hospice texas scramble. Eddie Dickson, Gary Mack, Clint and Gordy Maxwell.
Team who won the first St. Margaret's Hospice texas scramble. Eddie Dickson, Gary Mack, Clint and Gordy Maxwell.

An impressive 30 teams took part in the first-ever St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Open Golf Competition on Friday, August 19.

The successful event attracted 120 participants and raised several thousand pounds for the hospice.

The competition ran from 9am until after 6pm, with each player announced on the tee in the style of golf’s Major championships.

There was a spirit of friendly competition to the Texas Scramble tournament. The top three teams were:

1st – Gordon Maxwell, Clint Maxwell, Eddie Dickinson and Gary Mack (each got £50 voucher for Great Western Golf in Clydebank)

2nd – K McKeever, W McClusky, Kyle McGovern, Jamie Galbraith (Each got £40 voucher for GWG)

3rd Gordon MacDonald, Jim Kinloch, Peter Kinloch and Alister Raphael (Each got £20 voucher for GWG)

After the golf was completed, players headed for the clubhouse to enjoy food and refreshments and take part in a raffle and silent auction.

Raffles prizes included golf lessons, fourballs at various clubs in Scotland and a meal for four at Bi Bi’s in Partick.

The silent auction prizes were also golf-themed, with rounds at high-class venues including Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire and Archerfield Links in North Berwick, East Lothian (worth well in excess of £500) up for grabs.

A St Margaret of Scotland Hospice spokesman said: “We’d like to say thank you to all the golfers who came from far and wide to take part.

“Many thanks, too, to Clober Golf Club for their hospitality, the condition of the course and the generosity of all the members.

“We are also grateful for the support we received from the local and wider business community.

“Despite the trying conditions, it was just a fantastic day. We are delighted to say the club have agreed that this is now going to become an annual event.”

Graham Wilson, 39, control engineer from Milngavie, said: “The reason I took part was that my auntie Molly was in the Hospice for eight months. I saw first-hand the care and protection that the Hospice provide so I wanted to give something back to them.

“And my dad was the organiser of the event so I had no choice in the matter! Unfortunately the weather was slightly against us but the golf course has been in fantastic condition and thanks to Clober GC for that.”