Hon­orary de­gree for Aberdeen golfer Paul St An­drews: Lawrie re­ceives award

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY CRAIG SMITH

For­mer Open cham­pion Paul Lawrie struck a hum­ble fig­ure as he was given an hon­orary de­gree by St An­drews Uni­ver­sity.

Known to one and all in golf as ‘Chippy’ be­cause of his ex­cel­lent work around the greens, the 49-yearold Aber­do­nian is one of only eight play­ers to have com­peted in more than 600 Euro­pean Tour events – amass­ing eight wins in the process.

The most fa­mous of those came through his un­for­get­table Open tri­umph at Carnoustie in 1999, although ca­reer high­lights have in­cluded a Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship win at the Home of Golf in 2001 and two Ry­der Cup ap­pear­ances – first at Brook­line in 1999 be­fore his resur­gence to form cul­mi­nated in him help­ing Europe to a stun­ning vic­tory over the USA at Me­d­i­nah in 2012.

Off the course, Lawrie plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in grass­roots golf through his epony­mous ju­nior foun­da­tion, has three times hosted the Paul Lawrie Match­play tour­na­ment on the Euro­pean tour, was made an MBE in 1999 and an OBE in 2013.

For his valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to Scot­land as a sport­ing role model and his un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to bring­ing younger play­ers through, he was given an hon­orary doc­tor of laws de­gree as part of this week’s win­ter grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies in the Fife town.

“I want to con­grat­u­late all my fel­low grad­u­ates, you’ve all worked so hard to get here,” the Scot told all those in the Younger Hall.

“I just hit a lit­tle white ball around and got lucky. Your fam­i­lies will be proud.”

Lawrie’s wife Mar­ian and sons Craig and Michael were in at­ten­dance to see him re­ceive such an hon­our, with a lau­re­ation ad­dress given by the uni­ver­sity’s di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment Robert Flem­ing.

“In all of those ac­com­plish­ments, Paul has re­mained rooted in Aberdeen sur­rounded by his close fam­ily and friends,” Mr Flem­ing said.

Old Course Ho­tel owner Herb Kohler and crime writer Val McDer­mid are among the other per­son­al­i­ties re­ceiv­ing hon­orary de­grees this week.

ROLE MODEL: Golfer Paul Lawrie with his hon­orary de­gree from St An­drews

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