From left to right: Lord Haughey, Gerry Hughes, Kay Hughes, Captain Frank Munro
On 17th March, Gerry received a letter from Cathkin Braes Golf Course inviting him to be a guest at their first Honorary Membership Celebration Dinner Friday on 27th March 2015.
Gerry was delighted to accept this invitation but what he did not realise was that as part of the celebrations, Cathkin Braes Golf Club were planning a special award for Gerry. After presenting the first two awards, Frank Munro (Captain of Cathkin Braes, Golf Club) said that the next award was for an extraordinary man. He explained that despite facing many barriers in his life, this man had achieved many things: becoming the first deaf school teacher in Scotland since 1880; represented his country in international golf championships and broken world records in sailing. He was, of course, talking about Gerry Hughes. Captain Frank presented Gerry with a special award from Cathkin Braes Golf Club in recognition of his outstanding achievements.
Gerry was invited to make a short speech when he received his award. He explained that he felt very privileged to receive the award. He inherited his love of golf from his uncle Gerard W Hughes and that while he was tackling a ferocious 17-day storm in the Southern Oceans, he kept himself going by thinking about being back on the golf course at Cathkin Braes.
‘It was a wonderful night. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was great to see so many people being recognised for their achievements. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the night such a great success.’
The following awards were also given that night:
Ray Burnett: Honorary Vice-President of Cathkin Braes Golf Club.
Sandy Rogerson: Honorary President of Cathkin Braes Golf Club.
Lord William Haughey Kt, OBE of Hutchesontown: Honorary Member of Cathkin Braes Golf Club.
More information about Cathkin Braes Golf Club is available at: http://www.cathkinbraesgolfclub.co.uk
Lord Haughey and Gerry
Bill Bain (secretary of Cathkin Braes Golf Club) and Gerry
Outstanding Achievements Award