Relay’s ‘Ryder Cup’ hits £17,000 and rising

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A charity golf competition has raised more than £17,000 for the Relay for Life and Cancer Research UK.

The second Relay For Life Ryder Cup was held over May 8 and 9, when ‘Team USA’ retained the coveted cup.

This year 26 golfers led by captains Jonny Booth and Scott Strachan battled it out over the Arbroath links in their own version of the Ryder Cup, which last year raised over £20,000.

Team USA took an early lead,gaining slightly on their ‘European’ opponents and finishing day one 8.5 points to 5.5. It was still all to play for with 21 points left to take on Day Two, but the USA steamed ahead to 12.5 to 8.5, and, even with a tough singles contest, the USA still came out convincing winners 21.5 to 13.5 and USA Captain Jonny Booth again lifted the Cup.

A spokesperson for the event said: “Overall, it had been a great performance from all players and the real winner was again the Relay for Life and Cancer Research with a total raised so far of over £17,000.00 after the golf, auction and raffle which was held later that evening. The trophy was presented to the winning team by Fran Beattie, herself a cancer survivor, who attended the evening with her family and inspired the whole room with her bravery and fighting spirit. ‘‘Jonny and Scott as well as the rest of the committee would like to extend a thank you to all who participated in the event as well as the many sponsors, Arbroath Golf Club for allowing the event to take place and everyone who has donated thus far.

“There are still a number of events taking place by the Ryder Cup Stars team to raise funds and they are well on their way to breaking last year’s total.”

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