Dal­mally golfers pay trib­ute to much-loved club stal­wart

The Oban Times - - Districts -

MEM­BERS of Dal­mally Golf Club and guests re­mem­bered a long-time and much-loved club stal­wart at a spe­cial sea­son open­ing event.

Thirty-five play­ers took to the course to play in a com­pe­ti­tion ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of for­mer green­keeper and club trea­surer John MacKech­nie, who sadly and un­ex­pect­edly died on Box­ing Day.

John, who tended the greens and cared for the course for many years, would have been proud of the splendid con­di­tion of the course, pre­pared for the event by his suc­ces­sor, An­gus MacGillivray, and club vol­un­teers.

Lush greens and finely cut fairways wel­comed the com­peti­tors, who en­joyed a stable­ford pairs com­pe­ti­tion in John’s name, fol­lowed by lunch in the club­house and a fit­ting trib­ute.

Past-cap­tain Billy McKay marked the com­mit­ment John gave to the club over a long num­ber of years, re­mind­ing mem­bers and guests of his kind­ness, gen­eros­ity and will­ing­ness to help in all mat­ters, never knock­ing any­one back when a job needed done, whether be­hind the bar, tend­ing to the course or car­ry­ing out re­pairs.

Ladies cap­tain Ann Colthart added her grat­i­tude for all John had done over the years for the ladies sec­tion. Ann noted how John had al­ways been there when needed, with noth­ing ever too much trou­ble, even down to clean­ing the club­house af­ter a long day’s golf­ing.

John will be re­mem­bered not just for the work he im­mersed him­self in on the course and around the club­house, but also as a fine player, hav­ing hit his first ball in earnest dur­ing the club’s in­au­gu­ral year in 1987 and then go­ing on to win many tro­phies.

Af­ter the lunch and trib­utes, John’s son and fel­low golfer Graeme pre­sented the John MacKech­nie Quaich to the win­ners on the day, Dal­mally mem­bers June Suther­land and John McClel­land.

A splendid pho­to­graph of John was then pre­sented to the club by the MacKech­nie fam­ily. The pho­to­graph, in re­mem­brance of a great friend of the club, will rightly as­sume pride of place in the club­house.

Match re­port, turn to page 25.

Graeme MacKech­nie presents the John MacKech­nie Quaich to Dal­mally Golf Club mem­bers June Suther­land and John McClel­land.

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