FORTY golfers will tee off at Musselburgh later this month to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland, a charity which is close to the heart of the family which organises the event.

They will play for the Norrie Hosie Friday Cup at Musselburgh Golf Club on May 31 in a golf competition which has grown from small beginnings when local man Norrie Hosie Senior, from Stoneybank, began playing with friends back in the 1980s.

He donated a trophy for the match, the organisation of which has been taken over by his son Norrie Junior, from Wallyford, who has attracted sponsors for the event, which raises hundreds of pounds for charity each year.

Norrie Junior said it was decided to donate to Alzheimer Scotland this year after two close family members were diagnosed with the disease, which causes memory lapses in its early stages.

Last year, the competition raised £650 to help the work of CHANGES, a community health project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

Golfers take to the course in the hope of winning prizes at each hole as they vie for the overall title, with a record 40 players taking part this year.

The sponsors include David McKay of Direct Gardens and Tony Rayfield of Hometyre.