I’m just about to leave for Aberdour in Fife for the annual Celtic Quick News Golf Day.
Now, I don’t play golf. Tried it a long time ago and discovered it wasn’t as easy as it looks. Discovered some parts of the course that no one else had ever tried along the way. And decided that it wasn’t the game for me.
But the golf day is still one of my favourite events of the year. A great location and the company of some fine people coming together for a number of good causes make it a tremendous day out.
My plan is to get to the course early so I can take some photos of our intrepid golfers. I hear that there is a special Carling sponsorship event somewhere on the course – free samples of their product along with a television style match day interview stand. And the course itself is beautiful, although I’m told it isn’t quite the same delight for those actually playing.
The afternoon will probably see us all huddled around the clubhouse television. Holland v Brazil and Murray v Nadal are both likely to attract viewers.
And then in the evening we will have a fine meal with some excellent after dinner speakers. There will be a footballing theme and a range of humorous stories, so that should be a whole lot of fun as always. There will also be a raffle – and of course the all important prize giving ceremony.
The day is organised by a Committee who do us proud every year – this is the sixth of these events. They put in a power of work to give us all an excellent day out. And their efforts are rewarded with a substantial sum being raised for charities. This year’s beneficiaries will be North Ayrshire Cancer Care, Football4life, the Martin Chambers Ecuador Trust and a fund to build a playpark in Aberdour.
There will be a tinge of sadness around this year’s event, as one of the organisers succumbed to a long illness earlier in the year. Martin was a man who enjoyed life and always had a clever line to hand – and I am certain that he would want everyone to enjoy the event as always. He will be on the minds of many today.
I’ll post a report on the day’s events tomorrow – and also a link to some photographs for those unable to make it along.
It’s going to be a good day.