The Gavin Aitken Memorial Trophy is a beautiful silver bowl, graciously donated in 1984 by Ian Marchbank, the long-time professional at Gleneagles. It is competed for annually between the Clubs at Gleneagles.
Gavin Aitken was a young Assistant of Ian’s who was tragically killed in a road accident. He was a much-liked young man. Ian also presented Auchterarder Golf Club with an identical trophy, which is still played for annually.
While the Gavin Aitken trophy was inaugurated in 1984, it was some years before arrangements were made for the Dunbracken Ladies to be included in the competition, though this was always Ian’s intention.
In recent years the teams have included one of the young professionals from the Gleneagles Golf Academy. This is most appropriate as the trophy was after all a Memorial to a young professional who was one of their number.
The competition is in Stableford format with the winner being the Club having the highest aggregate Stableford points for the best 6 scores from their team of 12 players plus nominated Professional. The teams entered are mixed between the Clubs usually with one member of each Club making up a three ball game.
John Aitken, Gavin’s father, still takes a keen interest in the match and is usually to be found on one of the short holes measuring the competitors whose tee shot is nearest the pin and for which he donates a small prize.
2014 represents the 30th anniversary of the Trophy and it is interesting to note that up to and including 2013 Dun Whinny has been successful in winning the Trophy no less than 17 times. The Trophy is always on view in the Trophy cabinet in the entrance to the Dormy House.