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Adam Hunter Pro-Am raises £24,500 for Friends of the Beatson
December 12, 2012

A pro-am tournament launched in memory of the late Scottish golf professional and coach Adam Hunter has in its first year raised an amazing £24,500 for the "Friends of the Beatson" charity.

The inaugural event, held last month at Gleneagles, was a complete sell-out with 25 teams competing and has proved such a success that plans are in place to host it again in both 2013 and 2014. Indeed lead sponsors - Asco, Tulloch Recruitment and ARR Craib - have already agreed to extend their sponsorship by a further two years.

The tournament, played in beautiful sunshine on the Friday following the 2012 Ryder Cup, featured teams from the Paul Lawrie Foundation and the PGA European Tour and was eventually won by the Aberdeen Asset Management team, led by Carluke professional Craig Ronald. The professional prize was shared between Graham Fox ( Rowallan Castle ) and Stephen Gray (Hayston).

Hunter, whose career highlights included winning the 1995 Portuguese Open and coaching Paul Lawrie when he won the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, tragically died of leukaemia in October of last year. He passed away at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow following a brave two-year battle with the disease.

Hunter's closest friends and colleagues created the new pro-am golf tournament, staged at Gleneagles on Friday 5th October, both to honour his memory and to help raise funds for the centre which treated him.

Well-known Scottish golf professionals Stephen McAllister and Alan Tait, along with Scottish PGA Secretary Michael MacDougall and former sports broadcaster Brian Donald, organised the event and were blown away by the support and funds raised.

McAllister said: "It was a truly amazing day, everything we could possibly have hoped for, with the feedback from everyone who took part hugely positive.

"I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed on the day, from the sponsors and those who played to the many people who helped to organise and host the event. It was a real team effort which provided a fitting tribute to a brilliant golfer and friend. The bonus was raising so much money for such a terrific cause."

The Pro-am Tournament In Memory of Adam Hunter will be staged again over the next two years. The Kings Course is provisionally booked for Friday 4th October 2013, while the PGA National Course is pencilled in for the Friday following the 2014 Ryder Cup the following year.

Before then Friends of the Beatson will receive a cheque for the sum of £24,500 which will go towards the running costs of providing patient care at the Friends of the Beatson Centre. Located on the fourth floor of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre building, the Centre has been designed as a "retreat" for patients and a place of calm.

Brian Donald, who helped organise the event, said: "On behalf of Caroline and the rest of the family and Friends of the Beatson I can only echo Stephen's sentiments and thank every single person who contributed to such a wonderful day.

"To be making arrangements to do it all over again in 2013 and 2014 is a reflection of the high esteem in which Adam was held by so many as well as an indication of the determination of everyone involved to raise further funds for Friends of the Beatson."

Born in Glasgow on September 26, 1963, Hunter was a member of Sandyhills Golf Club and a Scotland boy and youth international and spent a couple of years at Virginia College in the United States before he turned pro in 1984.

He had several spells on the European Tour, the highlight of which came in 1995 when he won the Portuguese Open in 1995, beating Darren Clarke in a play-off. Adam was also a successful Tartan Tour campaigner in the mid-1980s.

He won the Granite City Classic and the Scottish Under-25s championship in 1985. In 1986 he won the Carnoustie Challenge and in 1987 lifted the Northern Open Championship at Royal Aberdeen.

In his later years, Hunter established a reputation as a very good coach, principally with Lawrie who won the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999. His forte was the short game.

In 2010 Hunter was appointed head coach of the Scottish Under-16s by the SGU, having spent six years prior to that as a Scottish Golf Academy coach. He was also awarded PGA Fellow Professional status in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the game.

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