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Ballater Charitable Chiels Texas Scramble

23 September, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm BST

Whether you are enjoying a round of golf with your golf pals, or simply soaking up the fun and friendly atmosphere in the clubhouse, you are guaranteed a great day in Ballater. As well as a delicious lunch, there’s plenty of banter and a truly positive atmosphere at this fantastic fundraising event.

Ballater Charitable Chiels Texas Scramble

This annual fundraiser was first organised by Sandy Barclay after he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND). The Ballater Charitable Chiels joined forces with Sandy – and latterly his widow Lindsay – to host this fantastic fundraising event. Over a decade after Sandy’s inaugural Texas Scramble, the Ballater Charitable Chiels continue to organise this fantastic golf tournament in honour of Sandy and Lindsay. To date the Chiels have donated over £180,000 to the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, and a similarly generous amount to community projects in and around Ballater.

The Ballater Charitable Chiels

The Charitable Chiels are local Ballater lads, who raise smiles and spirits with their community fundraising activities. The idea to form an organised fundraising group was first mooted in August 2000 and the Charitable Chiels was officially formed just five months later in January 2001. As well as fundraising, the Chiels are also very ‘hands on’ in supporting their local community. They manage the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Village Christmas Lights, Village Play Park, and Ernie’s Bothy at Gelder Shiel, to name but a few.

Ballater Golf Club

This eighteen hole golf course is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Upper Deeside. Several holes lie close to the River Dee and the course lies within a circle of heather clad hills with glorious views, making it a delightful golfing experience. With its beautiful scenery, dominated by Lochnagar to the west, and the fresh Highland air, golfers are sure to enjoy this lovely course. And remember to get your complimentary dram from a Chiel when you get back to the Club House!

Texas Scramble

The Charitable Chiels are looking for teams of four to compete in this year’s Texas Scramble (Friday 23rd September). Team entry costs £200 and includes a delicious hot buffet lunch. A silent auction will be held throughout the day with the grand raffle being drawn in the evening.

Entering a Team

Event organiser, Andrew Thain, needs the following information:

Team name
Player 1 – name and handicap
Player 2 – name and handicap
Player 3 – name and handicap
Player 4 – name and handicap
Team captain – phone number
Team captain – email address


If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Ballater Charitable Chiels’. Alternatively, you can pay via bank transfer using the details below:

Bank account nameBallater Charitable Chiels
Sort code80-05-51
Account number00107748

Please use your team name as your reference when making  your bank transfer.

Motor neuron disease (MND)

Also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Lou Gehrig disease, motor neuron disease is a group of progressive neurological disorders that destroy motor neurons, the cells that control skeletal muscle activity such as walking, breathing, speaking and swallowing. MND is a life-shortening, debilitating disease that affects both adults and children. The average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 18 months.  Currently, there is no cure for this cruel disease.

Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research

The Euan MacDonald Centre conducts vital research into motor neuron disease (MND). Based at the University of Edinburgh, the Centre is a not-for profit, charitable network of over 200 researchers across Scotland. The aim of the Euan MacDonald Centre is to improve the lives of people with MND, and to make discoveries that will slow, stop and eventually reverse this devastating disease.


Further information

Mr Andrew Thain

3 Lochnagar Cottage

Royal Lochnagar Distillery


Aberdeenshire AB35 5TB


07752 532 864


23 September, 2022
8:00 am - 6:00 pm BST