The East of Scotland branch held its annual spring outing on the 10th April at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. This coincided with the opening day of the Masters at Augusta and many players were trying their best to emulate their hero’s. Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is the 5th oldest golf club in the world dating back to 1760 and moved to the present site in 1925 where the parkland course was designed by James Braid.
The sun was shining on the 12 groups as play commenced at 1pm, their appetite had been quenched with the pre-match bacon butty with tea & coffee. The format was a straight forward, Stableford ¾ handicap allowance, a team event where the score was produced by the team member using an aluminous pink ball and each player using it at alternate holes. Prizes were available for the best team score, Lighthouse member score & runner up, the best guest score & runner up, longest drive and nearest the hole at three of the par 3 holes. We also arranged a sweep for the Masters winner using the groups starting on the first day and raised further funds with the participation of the golfers in the magic 2’s.
Although the handicaps were reduced the scoring was excellent, there was certainly no weather excuse for a poor round as the sun was splitting the sky. We had 44 golfers attend and I would like to thank the hosts for such a strong turnout, the best number we have had for a long time.
Now to the prizes, as mentioned the scoring was good, particularly the non-lighthouse members who came in with some exceptional scores. The course was in great early season condition with fast greens and receptive fairways.
Team Winners – SAM Mouldings, Gerrard Wilson, Craig Buchanan and John Innes
Nearest The Pin 6th Hole – Charlie Rodger
Nearest The Pin 14th Hole – Graham Kerr
Nearest The Pin 16th Hole – Craig Buchanan
Longest Drive 8th Hole – Kevin Ellis
Guest Winner – Marc Alexander
Guest Runner-up – Gerrard Wilson
Lighthouse Member Winner – Mark McCathie
Lighthouse Member Runner-up – Archie Meikle
Booby Prize – Tom Devlin
The Lighthouse Club winner Mark McCathie was presented with the winner’s Trophy and Green Jacket to commemorate his success.
Thanks to the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club for hosting the event, especially Allan Alexander who is a Lighthouse Member and Secretary of the golf club,and for ensuring that the day ran smoothly.
The day raised over £800 for the charity and introduced a potential 30 new members to the Lighthouse Club.