Scottish Open charities awarded £32k

Scottish Open charities awarded £32k
Competitors and fans from last week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open have raised more than £32,000, which is set to be donated equally to two worthy causes.

Official charities Befrienders Highland and the Children's Hospice Association of Scotland will receive a share of the funds collected through two initiatives surrounding the tournament near Inverness.

Cash was donated by both Aberdeen and the charitable arm of the European Tour - the Tour Players Foundation (TFP) - for each birdie, eagle and albatross made by the playrs on the course.

The Birdie Pledge was bolstered by hole-in-ones sunk by Peter Whiteford and Andrew Johnston, with the TFP making a special contribution of a further £169 for each - £1 for each yard of the 11th hole.

First minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said: "I'm particularly pleased that ... thanks to the generosity of spectators, this fantastic competition has also raised such a considerable sum of money."ADNFCR-1532-ID-801411000-ADNFCR

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