Cash boost for Keepers

Keepers of the Green.

Keepers of the Green.

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The Keepers of the Green charity, which has its international headquarters in St Andrews, has received a four-figure financial boost thanks to its close association with Penwortham Golf Club.

The current captain of the Lancashire-based club is St Andrews-born Hugh Paterson - his late father was a freelance journalist in the university town for more than 50 years and the founder of the Byre Theatre - nominated Keepers as the principal recipient of the club’s charity fundraising projects during his term of office.

Hugh, a supporter of Keepers, invited lifelong friends and fellow St Andreans David Joy and Emil Pacholek as principal guest speakers to the captain’s charity golf dinner - the former is patron of Keepers, while Emil is an honorary member.

They were also accompanied by fellow representatives of Keepers from St Andrews, Dennis Clark and Jack Munro.

FELLOWSHIP

Keepers of the Green, a global golfing fellowship with members around the world, also featured prominently in the charity auction at the event, which formed an important part of the evening’s programme.

There were high bids to secure the lots donated by KOTG – a weekend golf package in St Andrews courtesy of the St Andrews Links Trust and Sheena and Jack Willoughby, owners of the Dunvegan Hotel, and limited edition framed line drawings of Seve Ballesteros and Old Tom Morris donated by David Joy.

A total of £2500 was raised at the auction and also a previous golf match hosted by the golf club.

Founded in 1995, the charity’s mission is to promote the game of golf and to improve lives through powered mobility. Since its formation, its extensive fundraising activities have resulted in life changing experiences for over 200 individuals who have been presented with powered wheelchairs worth approximately £750,000.

It is dedicated to the memory of St Andrews legend Old Tom Morris, who is the charity’s figurehead and who made such an outstanding contribution to the game during his lifetime.

Mr Joy said,”We would like to thank Hugh and members of his golf club for this generous donation, which will go a long way in supporting our work.”