Bernard puts his heart into visit
Former Ryder Cup captain’s charity dinner
BRITISH golfing legend Bernard Gallacher brought his campaign for defibrillators for golf clubs to Harewood Downs.
The eight-time Ryder Cup player and three-time captain spoke of the need for the life-saving equipment at a charity dinner attended by more than 100 members and their guests.
Gallacher knows first hand the value of having such defibrillators available, having benefitted from one two years ago when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.
The purpose of the meal was to raise sufficient funds for two defibrillators at the club and one has already been installed in the clubhouse with another destined for the greenkeeper’s shed shortly.
The evening was not all about the vital equipment, of course, with Gallacher happy to share stories about his illustrious career.
Although he was also a 10-time winner on the European Tour and the professional at the prestigious Wentworth Golf Club, home of the BMW PGA Professional Championship, he focused on recent Ryder Cups.
In particular he spoke about the European wins at the two most recent events at Gleneagles and the ‘miracle’ at Medinah where the Europeans made up a four-point deficit on the final day’s singles.
He did allow himself a little reminiscence about his victory over Jack Nicklaus, then the world’s number one golfer, in one of his first Ryder Cup matches when only in his early twenties.
He spoke eloquently and modestly and received a very warm reception from those present.
Meanwhile, in action on the greens, Lina and Karen McKenna were top of the class at the recent ladies invitation day with a score of 42 under the Stableford points system.
This gave them victory by two points ahead of Brenda Cowper and Marcia Cantrell with Sandra Ruxton and Alex Camp third on 39 points.
The Ladies Chiltern Trophy, also under the Stableford points system, was another closely-fought affair with Gillian Outram’s score of 38 giving her victory by one point from Julie Butterworth with Susan Walton a further point back in third.
BACK: Bernard Gallacher in action in 1987