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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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Ross Priory GC Clubhouse 

Provincial Grand Lodge
Golf Competition

Ross Priory Golf Course

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire Annual Golf Competition was played on Sunday 13th May at Ross Priory Golf Course, Gartocharn, in again this year not the best of weather.

This however did not deter most of the golfers, some 34, not all who completed 18 holes of golf. Some who shall remain nameless withdrew at some point during the rounds because of the weather, ain't that right PM McKay, PM White.

The course, even with the rain, was in a good condition and the thanks of all go again to the green-keeping team at Ross Priory for their efforts.

As usual an excellent meal was served up by the staff in the clubhouse and again the thanks of all present go to them.

After the meal was finished, the RWPGM, Bro Andrew McKinnon addressed the Brethren and ladies present.

He thanked the golf committee for all the work in making the day a success, even with inclement weather. He also thanked the staff at Ross Priory for the very efficient manner in which they had supplied rolls, tea and coffee first thing in the morning, and for the excellent high tea provided early evening.

 The brethren who had attended and taken part in the competition, and those who didn’t play golf, were thanked for their attendance, and the monies raised in sponsorship and fees paid. The total raised over the years is more than £50,000 for charities. 

The RWPGM then made mention of a Brother who has been present since the first golf outing in 1992, and was instrumental in setting up the golf section along with Bro Colin Wyse and Bro Alex Lapsley.

Bro Harry Malcolm was presented with a Quaich inscribed with the square and compasses and the words Hon Vice President. He also received a diploma for his services to golf over a long period of time. Bro Malcolm made a very suitable reply.

After the presentation of the various prizes and awards, the convener, Bro Allan Leishman thanked Mrs McKinnon for presenting the prizes, for which she received a lovely bouquet of flowers.

The brethren were thanked once again for all their efforts in raising sponsorship, and of course for having a good golfing day, despite the weather.

Bro Graeme Russell was thanked for keeping the scores and for the photography.

The winners, as listed below, were presented their awards by the RWPGM's wife Elizabeth.

The Winners

Overall Winners

L. McCombe & D. Russell


Runners Up

C. Mason & A. Shearer


Sub Team Winners

G.Reid & T. Carberry     


Sub Team Runners Up

G. Shearer & S. Raeburn


Nearest the Pin 6th Hole

D. Kerr  


Willie Gilchrist Trophy (Highest 18 Hole Score)

I. Macdonald


Alex Lapsley Shield (Best Scratch Score)  

 K. Gillespie 


Stableford Scratch 1 to 9

 A. Shearer   


Stableford 10 to 18

G. Reid


There were also 3 Special Awards given.

The lure of warmer climes made some golfers abandon the day after only 9 holes, but he thawed out eventually.

Bro Tom White.

 For the best hairstyle of the day, even before the weather got to it.

Bro John Cowan and his wig.

For his dedication in attending each year. Which is quite good considering he left Kelso at 5.00am on the morning, just to go golfing.

Bro Jim Brown.

Past Winners

1992  Lodge Dolphin No 911
1993  Lodge St Andrew No 176
1994  Lodge Zetland No 391
1995  Lodge Craiginnan No 850
1996  Lodge St John No 16
1997  Lodge Clackmannan No 1303
1998  Lodge St Servanus No 771
1999  The Lodge of Alloa No 69
2000  Lodge St Andrew No 176
2001  Provincial Grand Lodge
2002  Lodge Ben Cluech No 782
2003 Lodge St John Slamannan No 484
2004 The Lodge of Alloa No 69
2005 Lodge Abercromby No 531
2006 Lodge Zetland No 391
2007 Lodge Zetland No 391
2008 Lodge Abercromby No 531
2009 Lodge St Andrew (Denny and Loanhead) No 176
2010  Lodge Craiginnan No 850
2011 Lodge Callendar No 588
2012 Lodge Slamannan No 484


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