Hawick Golf Club receives £30,000 donation

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HAWICK Golf Club have scored a financial lifeline to the tune of more than £30,000 thanks to a former Teri benefactor.

The Vertish Hill club’s money worries have been well documented, with debts in the region of £26,000.

But this week it appears their prayers have been answered after receiving a donation for £32,950 from the estate of the late Dr Ian Middlemass, who passed away in October 2011.

Club captain Ryan Lyall told the Hawick News: “From totally out of the blue we received a letter from Dr Middlesmass’s solicitor saying we had been left this amount of money.

“It was really difficult to take in. To come at a time when it has, the way the financial situation is, has been a God send.”

Dr Middlemass was born in Hawick on February 13 where he attended school before going on to study medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1947.

He went on to focus on radiology and moved to the New World in 1964, before settling with his wife Ingrid in British Columbia, Canada in 1971.

While his passion was for medicine, it is understood his second love was golf and he became a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews, where he was an honorary member for 20 years.

Mr Lyall said: “We assume that since he was born in Hawick he must have started his golfing here, and loved it so much he has remembered the club in his final will.”

Hawick’s financial difficulties had prompted an Extraordinary General Meeting where a £50 levy on current memberships was added for this year and next, as well as a number of other money-saving measures.

In light of the funding boost, and a decision by landowners Hawick Common Good not to charge any rent for the next three years, another EGM will be held to discuss the way forward.

However, Mr Lyall said this year’s extra charge would remain.

“This by no means pulls us out of the water. It’s made things a bit easier, but we’re still fighting a lack of members,” he said.

“We want to look at our subscriptions for the forthcoming season and see what is the best way forward for the club.

“The financial situation has changed and it’s only fair that members get a chance to see that.”

The date and agenda of the EGM is still to be determined.