Golfing ace relaunches Monty's Monthly Medal for charity fundraiser
Club golfers throughout Scotland are being given the opportunity to go on the course with golfing legend Colin Montgomerie as he launches Monty's Monthly Medal event for the second year. The reason for this competition is to raise funds to build a new Maggie's centre in Lanarkshire.
The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association (SLGA) are again teaming up to help stage the event in support of the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, which was set up by the eight-time European Order of Merit winner, as a legacy to his late mother, who tragically passed away from cancer 21 years ago.
Last year several thousand pounds were raised for the Lanarkshire and Aberdeen Maggie's developments. The monthly medal saw 60 club golfers from across the country come to play the former Ryder Cup captain at The Carrick, most of who described the experience as "truly memorable".
Each of Scotland's 538 affiliated SGU and SLGA clubs will be invited to take part. All they need to do is host a qualifying event, which can be held in tandem with an existing medal competition, from March right through to Sunday July 22. The £3 entry goes directly to the charity and the 72 players with the best net medal scores will join Monty on one of Scotland's premier courses on Monday August 20.
Inverness golfer Alistair Henry was the winner of the 2011 event, and thanks to changes in qualifying rules Monty is hoping to see many more golfers attending this year.
Speaking at the Gleneagles event, the highly respected Scot said: "It was great to see so many golfers and clubs supporting the event last year, coming from as far afield as Inverness in the North and Dumfries in the South."
He went on to add: "The feedback I got from the players who took part in the final was fantastic. I really enjoyed meeting all the competitors and they've all gone back to their home clubs to promote the event, so hopefully we can get many more clubs and golfers involved this time around."
The cause is something, which Montgomerie feels passionately about, mostly because cancer is something that affects so many families throughout Scotland. He hopes that the golfing community will be able to help the foundation reach their targets and help as many families as they can.
Proceeds from this year's SGU and SLGA partnership event will go towards the Maggie's Centre project in Lanarkshire, which is only £200,000 short of its £1million target.
The chief executive for the Scottish Golf Union, Hamish Grey said: "We had a great response from clubs for the first staging of Monty's Monthly Medal last season, but we would encourage as many clubs and players as possible to take part this year."
Last year the qualifiers had to be held on the weekend of The Open Championship, and now the qualifying period can be staged over a period of months, the foundation should easily attract more entries.
Grey went on to state: "We are very proud to support such a fantastic cause, with the great incentive of playing with Colin as a reward for the finalists."
Montgomerie intends to continue closing the £200,000 deficit in his target by heading out to East Lake in Atlanta immediately after the Masters to hold a two-day fundraiser. To date, over £2.3 million has been donated to the Maggie's cancer centres thanks to the Montgomerie foundation.
Details of how to participate are available from the SGU's website at:
www.scottishgolf.org or the SGU events department at 01334 466477