Cash boost for golf club

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Newton Stewart Golf Club took a big step forward to 
securing its future with a hugely successful fundraising Am-Am on Saturday.

A year ago The Galloway Gazette revealed that the club was budgeting for a third successive year of £30,000 plus in losses as it became clear that urgent action was needed if Newton Stewart was not to lose its golf course.

What has happened in the past two months has shown that after members realised they were heading for administration they prepared an action plan to live within their means.

On Saturday the course was well presented by the green staff and club volunteers, and the clubhouse had its busiest day for years.

Event organiser Iain Brown said: “It is now clear to the club committee that a great deal of self help was required and it is also quite evident that a lot more has still to be done to put the club on a sound financial footing. Members who have left for a variety of reasons must be encouraged to rejoin and junior golf must be encouraged and made affordable. I hope that a start can be made soon on coaching week-ends for youngsters in the community who would like to improve their skills and learn the game.”

The golf on Saturday was to an exceptionally high standard with local teams dominating the prize list. David McClymont, Chris Kirkpatrick, Bobby Hughan and Alex Johnston racked up a superb score of 92 to go three strokes clear of the Conifers Leisure team of Peter McClelland, David Irving Robert Hughan and Matthew Robinson, with Peter Cruikshank, Ryan Chambers Joe Chambers and Mark Wilson in third place just edging out club captain Peter Strain, Kenny Russell, Willie Neil and Andy Strain.

Fifty teams entered for 
the event and the support 
offered by Dumfries and 
Galloway clubs must have been very heartening.

Mr Brown added: “Twelve teams came down from Turnberry, which is proof if proof was needed of the high regard Newton Stewart is held in the golfing world. The financial foundation has now been put in place to take the club forward. The actual sum raised has not been finalised but it is expected to exceed the £15,000 target we set.”