The 20th Annual Rotary AMAM Golf Tournament was held on Sunday 29th May with 25 teams entering.
The winning men’s team was ‘Two Whyte’s and a Brown’ – Lorne Brown, Ronald Whyte and Gavin Whyte. The winning ladies team was ‘Kiwi plus Two’ comprising Mary Michie, Kim Topping and Helen Brian.
Rotary President Simon Hardiman thanked the major sponsors, MOWI, John McLellan & Co Funeral Directors, Lochaber Building Services, Fleming & Fleming and Alan Ingram. Other generous sponsors supported every tee and green, and gave prize monies.
Thanks were given to the committee and members of Fort William Golf Club, particularly Rosemary Macintyre and John Watssman for all their help.
Donald Young, organiser, thanked his fellow Rotarians for their support with the event, in preparing the course, for raffle prizes and Alan Kirk for gathering sponsorship.
President Simon said, “Catering and the bar went well all day and competitors particularly want to thank the Greens Convener and Jonny Henshall, Greenkeeper. Everyone felt the course was in great condition. Last but not least, thanks to the competitors for supporting us each year and making it possible for Lochaber Rotary to support so many worthwhile local causes.“
All team photos can be seen here and the full prize list was:
Winners Lorne Brown, Ronald Whyte, Gavin Whyte
2nd S. Jamieson’s Team
3rd Marc Macdonald’s Team
Ladies Helen Brian’s Team
Best Visitors John Macphee’s Team
Longest Drive (Ladies) Rosemary Macintyre
Longest Drive (Men) Liam Macdonald
Nearest The Pin-3rd Hole James Duncan
Nearest The Pin-6th Hole Marc Macdonald
Nearest The Pin-12th Hole S. Howden
Nearest The Pin-16th Hole George Brand
We are very pleased to be supporting local artist Anne Rowan’s concert in support of Ukrainian Refugees. The venue is the Nevis Centre at 7 pm on Saturday 14 May.
Fergus Grant, a Lochaber-raised Mòd Medallist will open the concert by singing the Ukrainian anthem, at the end of which John Whyte’s band will quietly begin to take up the tune.
Mountain guide Mick Tighe will compere the evening with artists such as Angus Grant, Lochaber Schools’ Pipe Band, singer Brian Hepburn, guitarist Jim Michie, singer Ann Martin from Skye, piper Angus Nicolson and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band.
Rotary President Simon Hardiman said; “I hope that people will support this excellent concert that Anne Rowan has organised and we are delighted to be able to help. Many will have seen the Rotary Shelter Box that we often have on display at the Lochaber Agricultural Show and we have donated one of these for Ukrainian refugees, as well as Rotarians making their personal donations to DEC.”
Tickets are £12 pounds, concessions £9 and children £8. They can be bought online at neviscentre.co.uk. Alternatively, paper tickets can be bought in The Highland Cinema, Fort William.
We are alerting all golfers to the return of the Rotary AMAM Golf Tournament on Sunday 29 May, postponed for two years because of Covid 19. The format this year will be a “Three-Person Texas Scramble”.
The entry fee for three person teams is £45 and bookings should be made directly with Fort William Golf Club.
There will be various prizes and a raffle.
The event is being held thanks to generous support from local business particularly MOWI and John McLellan Funeral Directors.
(Don’t be confused by the bonnie photie above – we need THREE PERSON teams but just couldn’t resist re-running this shot of these four worthies from 2018!)
Our colleague, Past-President Ken Johnston has been made a Paul Harris Fellow recognising his service in Rotary, where he has done various jobs, particularly in community service and publicity. Keeping the members connected through Covid was of crucial importance and this he did, more or less single-handedly, maintaining members’ morale.
Ken and Kath Johnston are well known in the community. Ken as former Divisional Planning Manager with Highland Council and more recently supporting the Upper Achintore Recreation Group project, currently underway. For many years Kath has recycled Christmas cards into gift tags, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Commenting on the award, Ken said; “I’m proud to have received this award from Rotary. The weekly newsletter was a collaborative effort. I enjoyed collating and editing all the articles and photographs contributed by our members and others with an interest in Rotary over the eighteen months of lockdown. The feedback and general response was good and encouraging. Many thanks to everyone and in particular to our Press & Publicity Convener John Hutchison for his continuing support.
President Simon Hardiman, said; “At a time when we were unable to meet in person, Ken maintained the spirit of our existence by producing 75 weekly updates which made one and all feel less isolated and part of the family that is Rotary.”