AFTER the awful weather and sleepless nights, the organisers of the Neil Stevenson memorial four-ball Texas Scramble couldn’t have asked for or expected the unbelievable glorious sunshine bestowed on them.
Nearly 100 golfers took to the course in two rounds, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Friends and family of Neil travelled from all parts of the country, coming from as far as St Andrews to participate and were rewarded with a great day of golf and an entertaining evening.
Given the amount of rain before the tournament, Andrew, Dougie and Robin got the course in great condition, with the greens running immaculately.
Neil’s brothers, David and Alan, and their wives Alix and Mhairi, got the proceedings underway, teeing off on the first tee. With 22 other teams participating during the day, a fierce competition ensued.
In a close competition, in which the top five teams were separated by under two shots, the winning team, with a superb score of 11 under scratch and a net score of 55.37, was led by Stephen Jopson, S Edgar, M Nield and W Nicolson.
Pipped to the post were Nathan Bell, Sean Turner, Eddie Turner and Gary Paisley by under one shot.
Rachael and her team did a brilliant job all day providing nearly 100 meals and numerous bacon rolls.
Sarah Borthwick (Stevenson) paid tribute to the 40 years her father devoted to Langholm Golf Club and the fondness the whole family have for the club.
She said the money raised would be split between Langholm Golf Club and Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity very close to the Stevenson family.
The barbecue and gin bar from early afternoon to late evening proved to be a great success.
The clubhouse was buzzing and the atmosphere was electric. Bush Snr and team on the main bar were run off their feet.
The auction bids were expertly co-ordinated by Stevie Ellwood, whose wit and charm probably had more people digging deeper into their pockets than they expected.
Men’s captain Dennis Little called on Sarah and Margaret Stevenson to present the prizes, which were all donated by various companies, golf courses and other benefactors.
Thanks were given to Sarah and Margaret and Hannah Jeffrey presented Margaret with a bouquet.
The auction and tombola, which accumulated excellent bids and prizes, were all donated by very generous golfing enthusiasts and friends of Neil’s.
What can only be described as an excellent day all round was a credit to Neil and his legacy.
Everyone was overwhelmed with the final figure raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, which was match funded by the Robertson Trust and totalled an impressive £7,450.