Tomatin Single Malt Homecoming Pro-Am 2014
Hosted by Highland Golf Links, the final putt of the 2014 Tomatin Single Malt Homecoming Pro-Am has been sunk and it’s safe to say it has been another successful event.
Nairn Dunbar’s Gavin Hay beat off tough competition to scoop the overall winning prize of £6,000 and the prestigious Pro-Am trophy, which was presented at the glitzy prize giving dinner on Thursday October 2 at the Kingsmills Hotel.
Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher led a field of 200 golfers in this year’s Pro-Am which saw teams of four play over three days at Castle Stuart Golf Links, The Nairn Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
Gallacher played in eight Ryder Cups and was captain three times, including a victory at Oak Hill in 1995.
Money raised during this year’s tournament will support a nationwide campaign Gallacher launched in December to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) widely available at golf clubs and driving ranges in the UK and Ireland.
In August last year Gallacher suffered a cardiac arrest and spent several days in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after falling ill at a function in the city. He credits the quick thinking of hotel staff and the availability of a defibrillator at the venue where he was due to speak for helping his recovery.
The Pro-Am is estimated to generate around £200,000 for the Highland economy.
Now in its third year, the prestigious event has proved a big hit for the area and hopefully the competition will only get bigger as its reputation grows amongst the golfing elite.
Capturing all the action of this year’s Pro-Am was professional photographer Ewen Weatherspoon. He has provided a link to a selection of photographs taken during the three days of action, giving players and their family and friends an opportunity to reflect on some of the great golfing moments during the 2014 tournament.