Golfers aiming to tee off with Monty

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2011, Round 1 at Kingsbarns. Pictured on the 18th tee is Colin Montgomerie. 29th September 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2011, Round 1 at Kingsbarns. Pictured on the 18th tee is Colin Montgomerie. 29th September 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW

The deadline is fast approaching for club golfers in St Andrews and other parts of north east Fife to have the dream opportunity to play with victorious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and help raise funds for the building of a new Maggie’s Centre in Lanarkshire at the same time.

The Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association have again joined forces this year to stage the second Monty’s Montly Medal in support of the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation.

The charity was set up by the eight-times European Tour Order of Merit winner as a legacy to his late mother, who sadly died of cancer.

Last year, the climax to the event saw 60 club golfers from across Scotland play with the Ryder Cup hero in the final at The Carrick on Loch Lomond, described as a “truly memorable experience” by those who took part, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the development of Maggie’s Centres in Aberdeen and Lanarkshire.

This year’s final returns to the same venue on August 20, with the leading 72 players from qualifying across Scotland, based on their net medal scores, winning a place alongside Monty.

Inverness golfer Alistair Henry was the inaugural victor in 2011 and Montgomerie is looking forward to growing the competition and increasing participation numbers this season.

He told the Citizen: ”It was great to see so many golfers and golf clubs supporting the event last year, from as far north as Inverness down to Dumfries in the south of the country.

“The feedback I got from the players who took part in the final was fantastic.

‘‘I really enjoyed meeting all the competitors and they’ve all gone back to their clubs to promote the event so hopefully we can get many more clubs and golfers involved this time around.

“The cause is obviously one which is very close to my heart, but one which affects so many people in Scotland. We want to ensure as much support as possible for those suffering from cancer, and their families, so I’m sure the golfing community will help us towards our fundraising goals.”

Proceeds from this year’s competition will go towards the Maggie’s Centre project in Lanarkshire, which is just £200,000 short of its overall target.

Every affiliated SGU and SLGA golfer in Scotland is invited to take part and entry to the qualifying competition is just £3. To compete, simply add Monty’s Monthly Medal to your basket in the Scottish Golf Shop. On receipt of payment you will receive a registration form with details of how to nominate your qualifying competition and submit your score.

Closing date for entries is July 30.