Golfer Jamie’s Ryd-ing high

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

HE proud mum of

golfer Jamie Donaldson has ad­mit­ted she is fi­nally ac­cepted his cho­sen ca­reer after he grabbed the win­ning point at the Ry­der Cup.

Thirty- eight- year- old Jamie, from Mot­tram, float­ing in a 146-yard wedge shot to within 18 inches of the 15th hole to clinch the ti­tles for Europe in Gle­nea­gles

Mum Jackie, who moved to Mac­cles­field with hus­band Jim and Jamie and his sib­lings when was a child, joked that the win has proven he can a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a golfer.

She said: “He learned his game out­side the back gar­den in South Park, Mac­cles­field. But I was there in the back­ground say­ing ‘you have got to get some work done, you have got to get through your exams.’

“So, I did say to him when I gave him a big hug, ‘ you don’t need a proper job now’.”

Jackie, who wit­nessed his tri­umph at Gle­nea­gles with Jamie’s dad Jim, brother Alex and sis­ter Kerry, said: “It was out of this world, a very spe­cial mo­ment. It was some­thing so spec­tac­u­lar and we were so proud of him. I al­ways thought it would be amaz­ing if Jamie had that one shot at clinch­ing the Ry­der Cup. When it hap - pened, I just wanted to cry.

“To hear all those peo­ple chant­ing your son’s name was so won­der­ful.” Jamie, who took up the game when he was 12, is Vice Pres­i­dent at Mac­cles­field Golf Club and three­timeEuro­pean tour win­ner. David Hopewell, pres­i­dent at the Hollins Road club, said the club’s phone hasn’t stopped ring­ing since Don­lad­son put it on the world map.

He said: “The club house was full and you can safely say the course was empty. The at­mos­phere was elec­tric. It was a very spe­cial three or four days for us and we are all im­mensely proud of Jamie. He just came through, par­tic­u­larly on those last two or three holes. He not only got the win­ning shot but it was a stun­ning one too.”

He added: “Jamie was al­ways a very good ju­nior and knuck­led down to make the very best of his tal­ents. He was very ded­i­cated and de­cided at an early age he wanted to be a golfer.

His dad Jim was re­spon­si­ble for our ju­nior sec­tion for a num­ber of years and Jamie has re­mained very much in­volved with the club.”

Al­lan Stevens, club cap­tain, recog­nised the teenager’s star qual­ity early on.

He said: “I have known Jamie since he was 14 and at 15 I re­alised he was go­ing to be­come a pro­fes­sional be­cause he could hit the ball bet­ter than most mem­bers. It was a tell-tale sign.

“As we all know his putting is some of the best on the Euro­pean Tour. But we saw that down here from an early age.

“I never had any doubts he would make it, es­pe­cially when he got to 18 or 19. As well as a great golfer he is also a fan­tas­tic lad; a gen­tle­man.”

Jamie was up­graded to vice-pres­i­dent at the club when he cap­tured his first PGA ti­tle-the 2012 Ir­ish Open, and a spring trophy, con­tested each May, was named in his hon­our.

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● Clock­wise from above: Jamie with the fa­mous Ry­der Cup trophy; Cel­e­brat­ing the win; David Hopewell, Mac­cles­field Golf Club pres­i­dent, with Jamie’s score card

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