Neil Fenwick, who is attached to Dunbar, has a unique and increasingly valuable trophy in his cabinet after a dramatic climax to this year’s Highland Golf Links Pro Am sponsored by Tomatin, writes Martin Dempster.
The former Dunfermline Athletic football player tied with Jamie McLeary and Lloyd Saltman on nine-under as leading professionals at the end of the three exciting days at Castle Stuart, Nairn and Royal Dornoch.
But, due to a better score at Castle Stuart, Fenwick picked up the sponsor’s additional prize of a collectors’ item bottle of Tomatin 50-year-old single malt which was bottled exclusively for the event and currently valued at more than £10,000.
Fenwick, who has won the event twice previously, said the prize will be passed to his three-year-old son Louie, as an investment.
“I’m delighted with the win in one of my favourite events,” he added. “The courses were fantastic and its great to have Tomatin return as the headline sponsor.”
The winning team for the week was East Herts A Team made up of David Warburton, Michael Benjamin, Gavin McFadyen and pro Daniel Field.
More than 50 teams from across the UK, as well as from Europe and the USA, took part in the annual event which is one of the richest on the PGA in Scotland Tour.
Amateur players included BBC journalist and broadcaster Naga Munchetty, Sky Sports reporter Sarah Stirk and talkSPORT radio host Georgie Bingham.
PGA professional and BBC golf reporter Alan Tait, the MC for the prizegiving, captained the Castle Stuart team which also featured BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter.
A total of £1,300 was raised at the prizegiving dinner for Maggies Highland, which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, and Birchwood Highland, which supports people experiencing mental ill health to build self-confidence and adopt lifestyles that improve their health and well-being.
Stephen Bremner, Managing Director at Tomatin, said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Pro Am. It was great to be back as headline sponsor and everyone enjoyed three days of quality golf over three of the best links courses.”
Event organiser Stuart McColm, General Manager at Castle Stuart Golf Links, said: “The pro am was the biggest golf event in the Highlands this year and we are extremely happy it remains as popular as ever with both professional and amateur players.
“A big thank you to Tomatin, our other sponsors, the PGA in Scotland and all those who took part for making it such a successful occasion.”