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Duns golfers par-take in charity challenge

Russel Patterson, Dougie Reed and Martin Aitchison on Duns Golf Course kitted out with plus fours and wooden clubs ready for their charity fundraiser

Russel Patterson, Dougie Reed and Martin Aitchison on Duns Golf Course kitted out with plus fours and wooden clubs ready for their charity fundraiser

A group of hardy Duns golfers are dusting down their hickory shafted clubs and looking out their plus fours for a Pre-1980’s Charity Golf Challenge.

The Challenge will see eight golfers tee off at the Hirsel Golf Club at 8.30am on Saturday, April 5 and play 18 holes. They will then head over to Duns Golf Club to play another 18 holes there. However, the golfers will also be wearing pre 1980s goling attire and equipment.

The idea is the brainchild of Hirsel professional Daniel Wood who lives in Duns.

“I did the Borders Challenge last year for Cancer research when we played 54 holes at Duns, Eyemouth and the Hirsel and wanted to do something again but for a different charity this year,” explained Daniel.

Taking part in the event with Daniel are Robert Cockburn, Martin Aitchison, Russell Patterson, Stuart Patterson, Dougie Reid, Graeme Whitehead and Johnnie Thorburn, all memberes of Duns Golf Club.

Daniel said: “We originally had hoped to have 12 taking part but a couple have had to pull out due to work commitments. We still have spaces if anyone else is interested in playing in the event.

“We have all sourced the plus fours and old school Nick Faldo Pringle diamond jumpers and hunted through parents and grandparents garages for old clubs and bags - wooden woods are a must.

“It is surprising the gear we have managed to come up with from fellow golf clubs members, family and friends. It is going to be a fun event but raising money for charity at the same time.”

Every golfer has a sponsor sheet and there is a money giving page set up online ( http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=1980sGolfChallange&faId=409971&isTeam=true), also we will be carrying a donation bucket on the day to help raise a few more pennies while they are playing.

Daniel added: “Because of the nature of the event we thought it would be apopriopriate to raise the money for an age related charity so all donations will be going to the local area under the Age-Scotland Charity. We have set a target of each raising £100 so that would give us a total of £800 but with a bit of luck we hope to raise £1,000.”

 

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