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Sporting Gesture from Charity Aids Roving Pro Initiative

A charity golf event held at Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh last summer has helped raise more than £7,000 for the Scottish Golf Union’s contribution to the ClubGolf programme.

Proceeds from The Sportsman’s Charity Golf Classic, which featured former Scotland manager Craig Levein as the event’s special guest, were donated to ClubGolf’s roving pro initiative, which has seen children in the country’s remote islands benefit from coaching by PGA professionals David Torrance (Nairn Dunbar) and Richard Fyvie (Pumpherston), helping to grow the game of golf in the Highland region.

The Scottish Golf Union has worked in partnership with The Sportsman’s Charity since 2007, with Marketing & Sponsorship Manager Ross Duncan delighted with the Charity’s contribution over the past year.

“The Sportsman’s Charity does a fantastic job in raising money for many sports related good causes in Scotland and the SGU is proud to have been nominated as a partner,” Duncan said.

“The money raised from the Golf Classic has been put towards an excellent programme, meaning hundreds of youngsters in some of our most remote communities have had the opportunity to receive coaching from a PGA pro.

“The costs of travelling to some of the islands have been fairly prohibitive in the past, but this support and other funding sources have meant that ClubGolf can develop the pilot further and reach even more children in the Highlands and Islands in the future.”

The Sportsman’s Charity, whose Board members include ex-Scotland rugby internationalists Kenny Milne and Chris Paterson, has the aim of generating funds to provide support to individuals and groups in the fields of sport, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

Other fundraising events include The Sportsman’s Dinner, held annually at Prestonfield House on the eve of Scotland’s opening RBS 6 Nations rugby international. The charity has raised more than £2.5m for good causes since it was founded in 1983.

The Golf Classic was sponsored by Hendersons Wines. Chairman Alan McLaren, photographed alongside Duncan, SGU Chief Executive Hamish Grey and David Henderson from sponsor, Hendeson’s Wines, presenting a cheque for £7,265, said:

“Many of The Sportsman’s Charity’s supporters are very passionate about golf and we are thrilled to help the development of young golfers in Scotland and play our part in giving even more children the opportunity to play our great game.

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