West Kilbride Golf Club charity event for George Higgins

This year West Kilbride Golf Club’s annual charity am-am competition created an emotional atmosphere as they raised funds to honor a deceased member.

George Higgins sadly passed away in 2021, after a short battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) – a rare and deadly disease that affects the brain.

The event, held on Sunday 15 May, raised an incredible £8,500 for the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit.

George was an incredibly popular figure at the club and had a golf game that would be the envy of so many.

He was well known for his “cack-handed” style and captained the club’s scratch team for several years.

Although he will no doubt be remembered for his determination to win the club’s coveted championship, having come close on many occasions before.

In truly fitting style, George fought back to win a thrilling 36-hole final and get his hands on the elusive MacLeod Quaich, etching his name in club history.

The club hosts this charity am-am (amateur-amateur) event every year, but were keen to raise funds this year in George’s memory and to honor what he meant to everyone involved on the village course.

He was originally from Ardrossan, and locals have no doubt seen him driving around town in his commercial van many times.

The event saw teams of four pay to compete, with the top two net scores counting towards the teams’ total for the overall winners prize, with the lowest score being the winner.

Prizes included a fourball on some of the best courses in Scotland and the West Coast.

There was also the popular “halfway house” where contestants could purchase raffle tickets and refuel for the remainder of their round.

Funds were also raised through a separate raffle at the end of the day’s presentation and a silent auction held throughout the day for a number of fantastic items including memorabilia sports stars of football past and present.

At the end of the night, the check for £8,500 for the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit was handed over to a CJD specialist from the University of Edinburgh.

To learn more about the charity, visit: cjdsupport.net/ or you can donate by visiting: justgiving.com/cjdsupport

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