Invitational Pro.Am 2011

The sixth annual Teddy Bear Pro.Am again managed to attract a full complement of 40 teams, battling it out on the impressive King's Course at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

Cawder's Chris Kelly, one of the last to start, emerged as the winning pro with a four-under-par 67.

2011 Winners

But the true winner on the day was the Teddy Bear Foundation, which again raised thousands of pounds to help some of the most needy children in Scotland.

In the team stakes, first prize went to the AkzoNobel Number 2 line- up of Gareth Wright (West Linton) Guy Williams, Alistair McAulay and Philip Jones.

Second was the team led by former England captain Alan Shearer and his pro Philip Harrison and third was Corum Properties.

Once the golf was over, 180 guests packed into the five-star hotel's ballroom for the night's black tie dinner and lavish entertainment.

Always game for a laugh is comedian Mick Miller, a New Faces winner in the 70's, whose brand of humour is bang up to date.

Mick Miller

 

There was huge interest in a montage of the European Ryder Cup team created by artist Craig Campbell. It included a touching tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros, whose picture was inserted at the top of the painting.

Ryder Cup by Craig CampbellThis five feet by four feet creation was only ever meant to be at Gleneagles for display purposes. Artist Craig has been a staunch supporter of the charity over the years. But such was the interest, it was decided to put the picture into the auction and it raised a stunning £8000. A succession of other auction items, mostly involving luxury golf outings, quickly went under the hammer to raise even more cash for the Teddy Bear Foundation.

Guests contributed £50 to a raffle for a rare Rolex watch - and it was won by football legend, Alan Shearer!

Teddy Bear co-founder Jenny Chuwen gave a short account of the charity's work over the last 12 months and detailed some of the amazing projects it has supported.

Barry and Jenny Chuwen

Husband Barry said:"After five years, the Teddy Bear Foundation Invitational Pro.Am has established itself as the most successful sporting event of its kind in Scotland.

"We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone who has helped make this such a fantastic success.

"Those who provided auction items, as well as those who bought them, deserve special thanks."


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