Mon 7th & Tue 8th October 2013 Golf House Club, Elie, Scotland
You can view and order any of the official photographer’s photos by clicking here and entering the password PAM13. NOTE: Access to this link is not possible at the moment, we working to recover it. This year’s event was the 26th staging of the event and the last, at least in the
foreseeable future, to be played on the wonderful links of the Golf House Club Elie.
The event started as usual on the Monday evening with a reception followed dinner at the Craw’s Nest Hotel, Anstruther. Our patron Peter Alliss and his wife Jackie were both with us this year and Peter explained why the charity had decided to move away from Elie as a venue but more about this later.
Tuesday morning saw Peter on the 1st tee and announced everyone before they teed off. First up was Ally Berry, the current British Disabled Open champion, who despite having no hands plays off a handicap of 1, the lowest in the field. 54 golfers played this year, including 14 ladies and, although teeing off on a fine day, everyone was confronted with a strong and challenging wind off the sea which to some extent restricted scoring.
|Malkins Bank GC, Ladies Captain
PRESENTATION OF CHAIRS
Tuesday evening saw the usual Presentation dinner back at the Craw’s Nest when the worthy winners received their prizes with Jason receiving his Green Jacket along with the traditional Quaich (Scottish drinking Cup) that he will keep for a year. After dinner Adger Brown, long-time supporter of the charity and now the lead fundraiser at his club, Cooden Beach in Sussex, entertained everyone with hilarious repartee and then auctioned a number of items to raise funds for the charity.
Overall during the course of the two days, with a ”heads and tails” sweep on Monday night and a golfing challenge on the 3rd tee during the tournament and Adger’s efforts, over £2,500 was raised and was sufficient to cover the cost of young Jazmin’s chair. Well done to everyone.
Why was this the last time the event was being staged in Scotland? It is a sad fact that, for reasons unknown, Scottish clubs, apart from the Golf House Club and the Ladies of the Elie & Earlsferry Ladies GC, have not been strong supporters of the “Wheelchair crusade”. Nevertheless many chairs have been presented over the years to Scottish children and it was felt that since the “Masters” is primarily supported by English clubs this needed to change. The event will therefore move to the ”Old Thorns Golf & Country Club” near Liphook in Hampshire next year. Modern, comfortable accommodation is available on site and close to the course designed by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas. It is anticipated that this move will offer exciting prospects for the further development of the charity. It would however be quite wrong not to acknowledge the wonderful support that both the Golf House Club and the Craw’s Nest have shown the charity over the last 26 years.