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Joe Harper Golf Day

September 24, 2019 3:36 pm Author: Charlie Allan

 

DREAM TEAM: The former Dons and keeper Joe Lewis line-up ahead of the Joe Harper Golf Day at Craibstone. Back, from left: Jim Leighton, Craig Brown, Walker McCall, Willie Garner, Joe Lewis, John Gardiner, Andy Dornan. Front, from left: Ian Fleming, Drew Jarvis, Joe Harper, Ian Taylor.

THE AFC Community Trust is set to receive a sizeable cash boost thanks to the latest Joe Harper Charity Golf Tournament.

Dons goalscoring legend Joe hosted what was his ninth tournament to raise money for good causes at Aberdeen’s Craibstone Golf Club.

A host of former Aberdeen stars – as well as current captain and goalkeeper Joe Lewis – took part in the ACE Group sponsored event, which was won by Graeme Kennedy Builders.

Entry fees, an auction, raffle and a surprise substantial donation by Dons vice-chairman Dave Cormack – on behalf of The Cormack Foundation- helped raise an estimated £12,000, the final sum will be confirmed at a later date.

All of the money collected will be split evenly between the charities chosen by two of the golfers who played in the event and had their names drawn out of the hat. John Matthews has still to decide on his preferred charity but Phil McKenzie confirmed the other 50% will be donated to the AFC Trust.

Aberdeen record scorer Joe said: “I would like to thank Phil for choosing a cause that is also close to my own heart.

“Having helped at some of the events organised by the AFC Trust, I know how hard they work to assist people of all age levels throughout the north-east.

“The golf tournament was organised with one aim, to give groups in the Aberdeen area some financial assistance rather than see any money raised going some of the already well funded national charities.

“That will certainly be the case with the AFC Trust.”

Joe’s golf event has now raised more that £100,000 over the nine years or has been running and he has appreciated the support he has received from individuals and businesses in the area during that time.

“When we first started I would never have envisaged us raising anything near to that sum,” said Joe. “I’m really just the figurehead, the people who do the really hard work are my committee, Ian McIntosh,

Cliff Taylor and Derek Cruickshank, the manager of the Craibstone course, who happily agree to hosting us every year.

“I must also mention my late friend Billy Sim, who was the one in charge of Craibstone when the event started and was a real driving force.”

Joe made a speech at the event during which he also thanked Terry Cobban, of main sponsors ACE, and their other main backers, Orion Group, who donated golf goodie bags, and Intermoor, who put up a £10,000 prize for anyone lucky enough to score a hole in one of the par three seventh.

Joe said: “There were no takers this time but hopefully they will come back and have another go when we stage the 10th tournament next year.”

CHAMPIONS: Joe Harper presenting Graeme Kennedy Builders with the ACE Group handicap and scratch trophies they won at his charity golf tournament, they are Graeme Kennedy, Walker McCall, Willie Horn and Brian Gilbert.

DREAM TEAM: The former Dons and keeper Joe Lewis line-up ahead of the Joe Harper Golf Day at Craibstone. Back, from left: Jim Leighton, Craig Brown, Walker McCall, Willie Garner, Joe Lewis, John Gardiner, Andy Dornan. Front, from left: Ian Fleming, Drew Jarvis, Joe Harper, Ian Taylor.

THE AFC Community Trust is set to receive a sizeable cash boost thanks to the latest Joe Harper Charity Golf Tournament.

Dons goalscoring legend Joe hosted what was his ninth tournament to raise money for good causes at Aberdeen’s Craibstone Golf Club.

A host of former Aberdeen stars – as well as current captain and goalkeeper Joe Lewis – took part in the ACE Group sponsored event, which was won by Graeme Kennedy Builders.

Entry fees, an auction, raffle and a surprise substantial donation by Dons vice-chairman Dave Cormack – on behalf of The Cormack Foundation- helped raise an estimated £12,000, the final sum will be confirmed at a later date.

All of the money collected will be split evenly between the charities chosen by two of the golfers who played in the event and had their names drawn out of the hat. John Matthews has still to decide on his preferred charity but Phil McKenzie confirmed the other 50% will be donated to the AFC Trust.

Aberdeen record scorer Joe said: “I would like to thank Phil for choosing a cause that is also close to my own heart.

“Having helped at some of the events organised by the AFC Trust, I know how hard they work to assist people of all age levels throughout the north-east.

“The golf tournament was organised with one aim, to give groups in the Aberdeen area some financial assistance rather than see any money raised going some of the already well funded national charities.

“That will certainly be the case with the AFC Trust.”

Joe’s golf event has now raised more that £100,000 over the nine years or has been running and he has appreciated the support he has received from individuals and businesses in the area during that time.

“When we first started I would never have envisaged us raising anything near to that sum,” said Joe. “I’m really just the figurehead, the people who do the really hard work are my committee, Ian McIntosh,

Cliff Taylor and Derek Cruickshank, the manager of the Craibstone course, who happily agree to hosting us every year.

“I must also mention my late friend Billy Sim, who was the one in charge of Craibstone when the event started and was a real driving force.”

Joe made a speech at the event during which he also thanked Terry Cobban, of main sponsors ACE, and their other main backers, Orion Group, who donated golf goodie bags, and Intermoor, who put up a £10,000 prize for anyone lucky enough to score a hole in one of the par three seventh.

Joe said: “There were no takers this time but hopefully they will come back and have another go when we stage the 10th tournament next year.”

CHAMPIONS: Joe Harper presenting Graeme Kennedy Builders with the ACE Group handicap and scratch trophies they won at his charity golf tournament, they are Graeme Kennedy, Walker McCall, Willie Horn and Brian Gilbert.