500 reasons to be thankful

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A Minnigaff man has been so impressed by the work of the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association that he has handed over a cheque for £500.

Colin Bennewith collected the money the hard way: by running the three-peaks challenge in under 24 hours.

Mr Bennewith climbed Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scaffel in 22hrs 43min and raised the £500 through sponsorship in appreciation of the help his son, Connor, received from the association.

Connor, 18, is a member of Newton Stewart Golf Club and came up through the coaching system which the South Association operates.

His dad said: “Connor received a lot of help and came up through the grades. He got a lot out of it and I decided I wanted to repay them in some way. He is going to the Champion of Champions competition at St Andrews after winning the South junior matchplay championship. I can only thank the people who have helped in the sponsorship.”

Mr Bennewith handed over the cheque to South secretary Ian Robin at Newton Stewart Golf Club.