Annual Charity Golf Day, Friday 12th May
On a bright, perfect Friday morning on 13th May, at 9.30am on the sound of an air horn, twenty teams teed off simultaneously by a shotgun start, for the annual Rotary Club of Ayr charity golf event held at Belleisle, having fuelled themselves with bacon butties beforehand. A calm, still day, coupled with warm sun and a mild south westerly wind aided even the occasional players on the greens. Swinging, slicing, perfect putting, dramatic driving and the occasional mild swearing, were all in evidence as the teams strolled across beautiful greens in splendid sunshine to the new clubhouse for drinks and sandwiches, to await their positions in this keenly fought, but friendly match. Stories and anecdotes about “missing a sitter” or a “drive as straight as a die” were overheard being exchanged. Even an “I was rubbish today” was voiced more than once. At 2.00 pm the clubhouse chatter evaporated into a silence and MC Douglas Haddow and Golf Convenor Jim Nelson, announced the winners. W.G.Walker & Co (Ayr) Ltd won the trophy this year, led by the first ever lady winner team captain Louise Thomson. The team won a 4 ball over Royal Troon and 4 polo shirts. RESCU Solutions Ltd and Doonvale Nursery were second and third. A raffle was then conducted in conjunction with Tara Cameron of ML Williams, the event’s sponsor. Delighted winners emerged from the crowd to claim their prizes, which comprised of excellent donations from local businesses. In excess of £9000 was raised and the main beneficiary of the day was Ayrshire Young Carers. Ayr Rotary Club wishes to express sincere thanks to the many companies and individuals who supported this year’s charity event.