Fund will support game in north east
Golf club in £250,000 crowdfund campaign
Scottish golf club Murcar Links has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £250,000 for further development and to encourage the next generation of players.
The Aberdeen-based club wants a new irrigation system to enhance its championship course. It says 10% of the final amount raised through its Friends of Murcar campaign will be donated to the Paul Lawrie Foundation which provides opportunities for juniors of any age and background to take part in golf.
Although common within the business world, crowdfunding campaigns are a relatively alien concept for sports clubs. Murcar is hoping this approach will cement its position as a progressive club at the heart of Scottish golf, where it supports the game’s development at all levels, from local junior programmes through to full European Tour tournaments.
Launched by former Aberdeen FC footballers, John Hewitt and Russell Anderson, the campaign offers numerous fundraising entry points and rewards. Anyone donating at least £20 can win a four-ball alongside the playes.
Murcar club captain, Malcolm Gunnyeon, said: “We are constantly looking at ways to innovate and improve on and off the course and, following years of supporting local, national and European golf as a venue and partner, we felt this was an ideal time to try something a little bit different to support the next stage of the development of Murcar Links.”
John Hewitt, a member of the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup team, and Murcar member, added: “I’ve been a member at Murcar for nearly 20 years and have seen the course develop over that time.
“At its best, it’s right up there with the top Scottish courses and if the club is able to raise the necessary funds, it will be fantastic for both members and the wider golfing community.”
Former League Cup-winning captain, Russell Anderson, said: “The North East has great facilities across all sports and it is important those within the sporting community continue to offer opportunities for participation at all levels.”
Photo: John Hewitt tees up as (l-r) John Black, Murcar vice-captain, Malcolm Gunnyeon, Murcar club captain, and Russell Anderson look on. (contributed)