STEPHEN GALLACHER’S growing junior Foundation has received a £5000 boost from the world’s oldest golfing society.
The money was raised by Royal Burgess – founded in 1735 – through a pro-am held at the Barnton club earlier this year.
“Like all other golf clubs, we are doing everything possible to attract new junior members and to provide a better experience for those who have already joined,” said club captain John Fraser.
“We currently have 59 juniors and 53 mini juniors, so that is encouraging.
“However, we recognise that the Stephen Gallacher Foundation does fantastic work and creates excellent opportunities for junior golfers across the Lothians, and indeed beyond.
“We decided, therefore, that we wished to give a small donation to the Foundation so it may continue its good work so we organised a pro-am in August.
“The support we received was incredible and and, although Stephen’s uncle, Bernard Gallacher had to withdraw from the competition, professionals, members and businesses recognised this was for a very worthwhile cause and we were able to give Stephen a cheque for £5000.”
Gallacher, who has never forgotten his golfing roots in the Lothians and will never allow himself to, recently paid a visit to the club to pick that up and say a personal “thank-you”.
“Stephen explained how he was hoping to develop the activities of the Foundation and how our contribution would assist in that process,” added Fraser.
“It was very simply a case of the Royal Burgess saying to Stephen, ‘we admire what you do for junior golf, keep up the good work’.”