Mr G’s golf tournament is way above par

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Grey skies and a bleak outlook did not deter the 80 keen amateur golfers who gathered at the Fairmont St Andrews on Sunday for Mr G’s Golf Tournament.

The successful event was planned by Harvey Munn and Chris Martin, colleagues of maths teacher Donald Grewar (Mr G), who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

The money raised will go towards the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and Mr G.

The golf day was planned by Madras College colleagues of maths teacher Donald.

Since his diagnosis with the disease the school and local community have rallied to support him.

Despite a rough start, the golfers enjoyed a fantastic day culminating in a total raised of more than £3000.

Top prizes were auctioned such as baseball caps signed by golfing legends Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jim Furyk and Tom Watson; a night’s B&B at the Fairmont Hotel; a night’s B&B at the Old Railway Carriage, St Andrews, and a night’s B&B at 1 Golf Place, St Andrews.

Also up for grabs was a year’s membership at St Andrews University Gym; a corporate box for a Dundee United match; a signed Dundee United ball, and a mascot for a home Dundee United match.

The wet weather didn’t deter Mr G and thanks to the loan of an enclosed golf buggy, a blanket and a hot water bottle he managed to tour the course and enjoy the day’s buzz.

Mr G said: “Many, many thanks to everyone, and cherish your health!”

Charmaine Duthie, mother of Brynja – who has been instrumental in fundraising for Mr G – was pleased with the success of the event.

She said: “Donald seemed to have a great day, especially thanks to the buggy with his hot water bottle which helped to keep him cosy.

“It was incredibly successful. Chris and Harvey were delighted with it.

“A sign of the success is not only the amount raised but that the event went on longer than expected. I believe there was a fair bit of fun at the end of the day!”

Tournament winners: First team – score of 60-0.0=60: Callum Nisbet, Louis Gaughan, Ryan Delaney, Jordan Gallagher. Second team – 66-4.7=61.3: John Grewar, Christian Bruce, Ken McInnes, Graham Waddell. Nearest pin – 5th hole: Andy Buchan; 8th hole: Iain Wilson; 11th hole: Louis Gaughan; 17th hole: Callum Nisbet. Drive the green: 4th hole: Callum Nisbet; Longest drive 18: Keith Bowman.