Dun Whinny held its first charity Am Am on Saturday 2 September.
After a series of successful Pro – Am’s in recent years we decided to see if we could manage without the Pro’s! And manage we did!
The main point of the day was to raise money for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Scotland as a tribute to, and in memory of, former Club Captain Roy Nicolson who sadly died from the disease earlier this year.
The club invited Roy’s son Mark to enter a team and from 1 p.m. they and 16 other teams teed off on both the Kings and Queens courses. The format was a stableford, with the two best scores counting on each hole and prizes for nearest the pins on all the short holes and two longest drives. On a glorious sunny afternoon the teams battled their way round with varying levels of success before retiring to the Dormy for a well earned pint and then heading up to the hotel where a delicious dinner, prize-giving, speech making and auction awaited them.
After Club Captain Andy Lothian welcomed the guests the evening kicked off with the traditional ‘Heads & Tails’ fundraiser. This game requires immense tactical acumen, razor sharp analytical dexterity, ice cold nerve and precision judgement. It was therefore no surprise to see former Captain Mike Collier as ‘last man standing’ – probably the quickest £100 he’s ever made!
After a really delicious dinner the prize-giving ceremony took place. Mark Nicolson had kindly agreed to award the prizes and to present the newly commissioned Roy Nicolson Salver to the winning team, which was captained by yet another former Club Captain the perennially popular David Roxburgh, with his team of David Watt, Tom Halpin and John Morrison. Unfortunately Roxy could not attend the dinner but his team mates ably stood in for him.
After the prize-giving the guests were treated to a hilarious talk by John McKelvie, former policeman and football referee who then went on to run the auction of three magnificent prizes, being an overnight stay with a fabulous 7 course tasting menu with wine at the Michelin starred Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh, kindly donated by the Nicolson family, two hosted three balls at Turnberry, kindly donated by John Morrison and a stunning winter scene painting kindly donated by renowned Scottish artist Gerry Burns. All the items were purchased at generous prices, making the action a great success.
The final entertainment of the evening was provided by Willie Young a former lawyer and top level football referee who regaled the guests with a succession of stories, gags and refereeing anecdotes.
Overall the day raised in excess of £7,000 which will be presented to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.
The club’s thanks go to all who supported the day.