Bernard puts his heart into visit

For­mer Ry­der Cup cap­tain’s char­ity din­ner

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Photo by Ac­tion Images

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BACK: Bernard Gal­lacher in ac­tion in 1987

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