Invitational Pro.Am 2010

Pro-Am 2010
The King’s Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire has not seen an event like it in almost 20 years.

In May 2010, the Teddy Bear Foundation made a five-star debut at the legendary golf course within the grounds of the legendary hotel.

The competition had already become the biggest Pro Am event in Scotland by far when it was staged at Turnberry in Ayrshire.

But its new home brought out the stars, including former England and Newcastle captain, Alan Shearer.

It also proved cracking preparation for defending champion, Gordon Brand Junior.  Although he did not win, he used the Teddy Bear Foundation Pro Am to warm up for a win at the Jersey Seniors Open the following week.

He was just one of four former Ryder Cup players taking part – the others were Philip Walton, Paul Way and Steve Richardson.

Forty teams of four braved what at first appeared to be showery conditions but what turned into a great day of weather.

Honours were tied four ways on the day, with a creditable 68 or three under par for what is undoubtedly a challenging course.

Winners:
Iain Colquhoun, Campbell Elliott, Callum MacAulay and Gary McFarlane.

 

 

 

 

 

At night, the players retired to the grand ballroom at Gleneagles Hotel where they were joined by a further 30 guests to hear Andy Cameron rib Alan Shearer about England’s chances in the World Cup.

 

The comedy on the night was provided by England super-fan John Bishop, who made regular TV appearances during the World Cup and was one of the big draws at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Even more cash was raised for the charity through a variety of auction items plus a Graeme Baxter print kindly donated by Turnberry Golf Club.

Said organiser Barry Chuwen:”Everyone agreed this was the best Pro Am ever.

“But we can’t rest on our laurels – we’ve already started preparing for the 2011 event!”

 


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