East Kilbride Rotary Club have two internal golf competitions. These are played for on an annual basis. The James Taylor Salver was presented to the Club in 1965 by the Rotarian James Taylor who was the professional golfer at East Kilbride Golf Course. The Rhu Trophy was gifted to the Club by Rotarian John Sergeant who was a solicitor in the town.
Despite an ominous weather forecast for the Mull of Galloway three members and their wives travelled down to Stranraer to take part in their Rotary Club's sixth golf competition, which has now raised £30,000 for local and international charities. In this their third visit to Stranraer, EK Rotarians were again joined by "Friends of Rotary" who have regularly supported our members, and this allowed three teams to be entered under the EK banner.
The weather forecast proved to be extremely accurate with heavy rain and strong winds sweeping across the course. This mainly affected the early starters from the forty teams who entered, but despite the horrible weather and severe doubts all the EK teams drove off on time, fortified by coffee and bacon rolls. Fortunately, as forecast, the rain disappeared after about five holes and play then continued in sunshine and strong wind. The improvement in the weather was however not matched by an improvement in the scoring, and all the EK teams finished well down the field, with none breaking par.
District Games Challange
At the second round of the District Challenge against Ardrossan & Saltcoats on 27 June,our Club were represented by Jack Blackwood, Ray Porrelli, John Cardno and George McGraw. The darts, pool and table top curling were played at the Nonsuch Snooker Club in Saltcoats and the challenge was won 6-4 with only George McGraw remaining undefeated in all three events. Soup and sandwiches were provided after the competition was completed, and the evening of fellowship was completed by watching extra time and the penalty shoot out between Spain & Portugal in the European Championship.
ROTARY ROUNDS HELP CARERS (Pictures to Follow)
Lady Luck smiled on the twenty two teams who competed in the second East Kilbride Rotary Am/Am golf competition on 20 July 2012. After prolonged periods of wet weather during the preceding week the sun shone on the day, and the teams generally scored well on the course at East Kilbride Golf Club.
Repeating last year's success, the Currie & Brown team of Robbie Loudon, Andrew Loudon, Billy and Ray Morley won the competition narrowly from Clyde Fasteners, with a team from Stranraer Rotary Club coming third . The individual prizes for nearest the pin and longest drives were won by, Billy Hood, Stuart Mackenzie, Jamie Booth and Sandra Cameron. Prizes were presented byJillian McPherson (Ladies Captain EKGC)
As none of them made any of the prize lists, perhaps the hospitality provided by East Kilbride Rotarians for all the entrants at the eighth tee was too much for their fellow members!
The event was held to raise funds to assist the East Kilbride Dementia Carers Group at Pine Crescent with their purchase of a new minibus, and the Club's Children's Christmas Toy Fund. Refreshed after their efforts on the course the teams then entered into the spirit of the day by enthusiastically entering the raffle and prize draws, before bidding for the many prizes on offer in the auction.
The prize in the main draw was a weekend at the Cardrona Golf & Country Club with the use of a Mazda MX5 sports car, courtesy of Phoenix Motors. This was won by Elaine Gerrard from Portpatrick, and Jean Harvie from East Kilbride won the £100 note draw.
The enthusiasm of all the competitors and volunteers helped raise £4100 on the day. The Rotary organisers were delighted with this fantastic result, and at the conclusion expressed their thanks to all the teams, volunteer helpers, and the many prize donors.
With the Golf tournament behind them and the winners known the particpants sat down to a well earned rest after taking part in this years Rhu Trophy at Cathkin Golf course