Kirky quartet on tour of duty with Monty!

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RYDER Cup captain and Honorary Kirkintilloch Golf Club President Colin Montgomerie made it a day to remember for four Kirkintilloch Golf Club members recently.

The final of Monty’s Monthly Medal, supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, took place at The Carrick on Loch Lomond.

The event, which has raised thousands of pounds for the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation supporting the building of two new Maggie’s Centres in Aberdeen and Lanarkshire, was won by Inverness golfer Alistair Henry, who beat off stiff competition to record an excellent stableford score of 35 points in testing conditions.

Leading the Kirkintilloch challenge was nine-handicapper Ian Murray who finished in eighth place with 31 stableford points, while club-mates Graham Hill (17th) and Bob McCormick (25th) both posted totals of 27 stableford points.

The final member of the Kirkintilloch quartet was Stewart McAra, who came in with 24 points to finish in 34th place.

All finalists were given the opportunity to play the par-three 16th hole with eight-time European Tour Order of Merit champion Montgomerie, who was the perfect host, giving the players a unique and memorable experience.

Kirkintilloch golfer Bob McCormick said: “Monty’s Monthly Medal was a fantastic day. It is not often you get to meet a golfing legend, let alone play alongside one. From the moment we arrived to our departure we were made to feel welcome, appreciated and a little bit special.

“For someone like Colin Montgomerie to give up a day of his time for guys like us, is just fantastic and the memories I will take away with me will stay with me forever.”

A delighted Monty said: “I really enjoyed meeting all the players and spending time with them and hopefully they will encourage others to take part next year.”

The quartet from Kirkintilloch Golf Club qualified for the event by playing in one of Kirkintilloch’s monthly medals, which was also used by the club to raise over £400 for the Elizabeth Montgomery Foundation.