Golfing tribute to Montrose man shot dead in Brazil

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The friends of a Montrose man who was shot dead in Brazil have raised £1,000 for charity in a golf-inspired tribute to the oil worker.

Peter Campsie (48) was killed during an attempted car jacking earlier this year as he travelled home from a business meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr Campsie was a keen golfer, and his friends held a fund-raising event, which was linked to the annual Golf Inn, Mill Street, Montrose, outing to the Strathmore Golf Centre, that 40 golfers and 15 caddies took part in.

The winner’s trophy was renamed the ‘Pete Campsie Trophy’ by the Golf Inn owner Kevin Young, one of Mr Campsie’s long-time friends.

Mr Young told the Review: “We renamed the trophy so that Pete’s name is always mentioned and we can relive a nice few memories.”

His friends have also inscribed a bench as a tribute to the Montrosian, which now has pride of place at Montrose Golf Links.

The Strathmore Golf Centre donated a four-ball and meal, which was auctioned at the post-outing presentation of the Golf Inn, and the raffle of two new golf clubs, along with another generous gift of a four-ball for the Murcar Course by Ralph

This helped raised the handsome sum of money, along with donations from a memorial service held in the Park Hotel.

One of the golf clubs was won by Brian Church, a school friend of Mr Campsie’s from their Montrose Academy days.

The money that was raised will go to Camphill School near Aberdeen.

His mother Robbie Campsie, who lives in Montrose, said: “We have been deeply moved by the support and generosity of Pete’s friends, and touched by the kindness of the people of Montrose, who came together to support us, and the Golf Inn’s fund-raising effort for Camphill School.

“They, along with many others, put out a caring hand to our family, when this tragic and senseless act in Brazil overwhelmed our lives, and from this we drew much comfort.”

A trio of Mr Campsie’s friends, Mr Young, Mr Church and Keith Wellington, inscribed a tribute to Mr Campsie into a bench, which was made by Bill Grubb from Rossie Island. This is now in place at the 12th green of the Medal Course.

Alan Crow, who recently retired as chairman of Montrose Golf Links, was instrumental in having the seat placed at this spot, which according to Mr Campsie’s mother is “a wonderful place for peace and reflection”.

The brass plate on the bench reads “Pete Campsie 1965 - 2014. A happy golfer who loved these Links. Missed by family and friends, from near and far”.

Along with his family, Mr Campsie, who was an operations manager with Diamond Offshore Inc., returned every summer to Montrose for their annual holiday.

Sometimes he played in the Montrose Open Golf competition, but more often, was simply happy to play golf with friends, in what he regarded as his home town.