‘Fitting tribute’ to Adam Hunter, says McAllister
FORMER European Tour pro Stephen McAllister has thanked the golfing community for coming together and raising an amazing £24,500 for ‘Friends of the Beatson’ via a pro-am in memory of the late Scottish tour pro and coach Adam Hunter.
Hunter died of leukaemia in October 2011. He passed away at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow following a brave two-year battle with the disease.
The inaugural event, held at Gleneagles late last year, was a sell-out with 25 teams competing and has proved such a success that plans are in place to host it again this year and next year. McAllister said: “It was a truly amazing day, everything we could possibly have hoped for, with the feedback from everyone who took part hugely positive.
“I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed on the day, from the sponsors and those who played to the many people who helped to organise and host the event. It was a real team effort which provided a fitting tribute to a brilliant golfer and friend. The bonus was raising so much money for such a terrific cause.”
The Pro-am Tournament In Memory of Adam Hunter has been provisionally booked for October 4 at the King’s Course at Gleneagles while the PGA Centenary Course
is pencilled in for the Friday following the 2014 Ryder Cup the following year.
Born in Glasgow on September 26, 1963, Hunter was a member of Sandyhills and a Scotland boy and youth international and spent a couple of years at Virginia College in the US before turning pro in 1984.
He had several spells on the European Tour, the highlight of which came in 1995 when he won the Portuguese Open, beating Darren Clarke in a play-off. Adam was also a successful Tartan Tour campaigner in the mid-1980s.
He won the Granite City Classic and the Scottish Under-25s championship in 1985. In 1986 he won the Carnoustie Challenge and in 1987 lifted the Northern Open Championship at Royal Aberdeen.
In his later years, Hunter established a reputation as a very good coach, principally with Paul Lawrie who won the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999, pictured left.