Moderator’s Golf Challenge raises funds for CrossReach

The Moderator’s Golf Challenge was held on 23 September 2016 at the Royal Burgess course. The funds raise will go to CrossReach programmes. Crispin Longden, of CrossReach supporter development, tells us how the day went:

Moderator and golf challenge winners
Moderator's Golf 2016 Team Champions

At 7am on a dreich and blustery morning, over 70 individuals descended on Barnton, a quiet residential area of Edinburgh. Their mission: to compete in the 2016 CrossReach Golf Challenge hosted by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev Dr Russell Barr.

At just after 8am, the players exchanged their teas (and bacon rolls) for different types of tee and the competition got underway. Right on cue (club head?) for the start, the rain instantly stopped, the sun came out and continued to shine on an immaculate Royal Burgess course for the rest of the day.

Dr Barr, a keen golfer, positioned himself on the 13th hole where he took on all comers to challenge him on this Par 3.

The awards for the various challenges were presented over a delicious lunch in the magnificent clubhouse. Suffice it to say, not many ‘beat’ the Moderator. The overall team championship was won by a Salvation Army team from Govan who received a very fine engraved salver.

The highlight of the lunch was a moving account from Clare of the support she had received from CrossReach when she was struggling with postnatal depression and did not know where to turn.

“I felt panic and fear for the future and totally helpless to change it”, Clare told the audience, adding, “But once I had made that initial call to CrossReach, I immediately felt understood”.

An auction of donated lots and various other fun activities raised around £4,000 in support of CrossReach’s Children and Family Services.