Golfers chip in £250 donation to Buckie Lifeboat
Generous competitors in the recent Open Golf Competition hosted at Buckpool Golf Club, Buckie, donated £250 to help fund crew training and equipment at the RNLI’s Buckie Lifeboat Station.
The annual competition rotates between three local golf courses – Buckpool, Spey Bay and Strathlene – and features stroke-play competitions for both gents and ladies.
Neil Murray (Buckpool GC) won the gents scratch prize with a 7 under par round of 63; the gents handicap prize was won by Walter Clark (Maverston GC) with a net 5 under par 65, and the ladies’ winner was Pamela Topping of Royal Tarlair GC who carded a 4 under par score of 66.
Best-placed member of the RNLI Buckie Lifeboat crew was deputy mechanic Gav Hyne (Buckpool GC), who recorded a net 3 under par (67) in the handicap competition.
Buckpool GC administrator, Amanda Fraser, presented the cheque to Buckie Lifeboat deputy mechanic Gav Hyne
“It was a pleasure for Buckpool Golf Club to host the event this year,” says Amanda Fraser. “We were blessed with perfect weather and a course in excellent condition – as well as a strong entry from neighbouring clubs for this traditional event supporting local lifeboat crew who play such an important role in our community.”
Deputy mechanic of Buckie Lifeboat, Gav Hyne, said: “It was a privilege to accept this donation on behalf of the crew. Our local community is always generous in support of the RNLI and our mission of saving lives at sea in the local waters of the Moray Firth."
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.