On Thursday the top names in Scottish golf descended on the beautiful Prestonfield House to raise funds for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation. Shot Scope were delighted to be there and supporting the great work of Stephen’s foundation.
The evening started off with a game of HIT or MISS, where we predicted the outcome of some tricky golf shots and some difficult rugby conversions, featuring Stuart Hogg himself, to win a magnum of champagne.
The rest of the evening was spent listening to the panel on stage talk about their careers, predictions for upcoming tournaments and a grilling of fellow Tour pros! The on-stage panel was made up of two winning Ryder Cup captains, Bernard Gallacher and Sam Torrance, alongside Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie who all took part in a Q&A hosted by Dougie Donnelly.
Dougie Donnelly asked each golfer who the greatest player they every played with was…
Bernard Gallacher: Jack Nicklaus. He “only played to win Majors, not make money.”
Stephen Gallacher: Tiger Woods. “I could see in ’95 he was something special, he has revolutionised the game.” Gallacher hopes to see Woods return but isn’t convinced that the former World Number 1 will be able to make a comeback. “It all rests on the Masters” said Gallacher on the night, which doesn’t bode well now that Tiger has withdrawn from the tournament.
Sam Torrance: Jack Nicklaus. Torrance once told Nicklaus that “in the 400 Majors I’ve won in my sleep, you were the runner-up every time.”
Paul Lawrie: Tiger Woods was “the most talented I’ve ever played against.” Rory McIlroy is the “most talented of this generation.” Lawrie’s high praise echoes his previous comments at the Scottish Golf Show when he predicted McIlroy to win the 2017 Masters.
With over 400 guests, a live and a silent auction and such high profile speakers the night was always bound to be a success. In the end the evening raised nearly £85,000 for the foundation which will go a long way to continuing their fantastic work with junior golfers.
Thank you to Stephen for holding such a fantastic event, to our guests for joining us on the evening and the hosts who made the night such an enjoyable one! We were delighted to support the work of the foundation and contributing to the future of junior golf in Scotland.