New Scottish Open golf champion Rickie Fowler hit 15 birdies and an eagle to help Mindroom reach a remarkable fund-raising total. The American won the Aberdeen Asset Management sponsored event for the first time. However, the big winner was Mindroom, the Scottish Open's official charity.
Thanks to the generosity and skill of the professional golfers taking part along with assistance from the amateurs and caddies involved in the Pro-Am, plus all the officials and spectators, a grand total of £51,065 will be handed over to Mindroom from the week-long fund raising activities.
Mindroom received £10 from the Tour Players Foundation and Aberdeen Asset Management for every birdie recorded during the four-day event, plus £20 for every eagle and £100 for every albatross. Chile's Filipe Aguilar’s added £1,600 to the pot by hitting the tournament's only hole-in-one on Day 2. With £20,000 raised from the tournament's official Pro-am 'Tartan Wednesday' event on the eve of the tournament, the Birdie Challenge raised £17,060. Helping to lift the final total through the £50,000 barrier was a prize draw organised by Mindroom which brought in £12,000 and corporate donations worth over £2000. All told, the variety of initiatives raised the impressive sum of £51,065. The fundraising will not end there. Mindroom is expecting to substantially increase these numbers in the weeks and months to come by auctioning all kinds of memorabilia so generously provided by The European Tour, Aberdeen Asset Management and the players themselves.
Sophie Dow, Founder of Mindroom, said: “This is a fantastic result for a small charity like ours. At Mindroom, we are passionate about providing direct help and support for the parents, carers and families of children and young people with learning difficulties. We have an experienced direct support team of five and the money that has been raised at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in Gullane will enable us to employ another team member for two years. Last year Mindroom provided support to 400 families and this additional member of staff will help us to move ever closer to our aim of tripling that number so that we can provide help and support to 1200 families in times of need. We are a small charity but we have a big vision – of a world in which every child and young person with learning difficulties receives the recognition and support they need. Thanks to this amazing result, more children and young people will now have the chance to get that support so that they achieve their real potential."
Prize Draw Winners.
- Wednesday 9/7/2015 - 00825, Bryan Wardman, North Berwick
- Thursday 10/7/2015 - 02403, Billy Horan, Edinburgh
- Friday 11/7/2015 - 17521
- Saturday 12/7/2015 - 05610, Colin Ramsay, Glasgow
- Sunday 13/7/2015 - 04210, Andrew Douglas & Catriona Dunn, Edinburgh
Grand Prize Winner
- Ticket number - 02874, Patricia Smith, Edinburgh
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