Driving ahead with safety at golf clubs

Jen Lowe presents two defibrilators, one to David Hogg (Senior Convenor of Leven Thistle Golf Club) and the other to the ladies captain of Leven Golfing Society, Moira Roberts, with club members & greenkeepers. Picture by FPA.
Jen Lowe presents two defibrilators, one to David Hogg (Senior Convenor of Leven Thistle Golf Club) and the other to the ladies captain of Leven Golfing Society, Moira Roberts, with club members & greenkeepers. Picture by FPA.
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Leven’s famous golfing arena is well on course to help save lives by having top health and safety equipment available at its leading venues.

Leven Thistle and Leven Golfing Society, managedby the Leven Links Joint Committee, have acquired two defibrillators to be housed at the well-known links premises, to help anyone who suffers a heart attack or cardiac arrest at the popular open-air sites.

A third defibrillator is to be acquired shortly, with plans to house a fourth at the course at a later date.

However, the life-saving equipment is not just intended for golfers – it will be available for anyone playing at nearby Leven Bowling Club , as well as dog walkers, ramblers, and anyone out and about near the beach who may suddenly take ill.

One defibrillator will be housed inside the Leven 
starter’s box, with one at reception in each of the two golf clubs.

The fourth one, when it is obtained, will be in the greenkeepers’ shed between Scoonie Golf Club and the ninth green at Leven.

In addition, a golf buggy will be made available so that the equipment can be transported more easily if anyone becomes ill on an isolated part of the course.

“The intention is that the golf course , beachfront area and Leven Bowling Club will be covered at any time of the day,” said a spokesman.

A campaign was launched last summer to provide three defibrillators, which can 
help ‘shock’ a fluttering heart back to life and, most importantly, save vital time while ambulance crews are on 
their way to treat anyone in need.

The venture followed just such an emergency on the 10th fairway at Leven in May, when a local golfer in his 70s became ill.

Fellow player Gordon Robertson carried out CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), while other golfers helped, and the man was taken to hospital.

“Leven Links Defibrillator Campaign will be announcing training dates in February, inviting all golfers, staff and members of the general public to take part,” added the spokesman.

“This is a simple task which will last 30 minutes. We are in talks with the Scottish Ambulance Service, which we hope will be involved in the training.”

Organisers were particularly grateful to Diageo UK for its initial donation, the Rotary Club of Leven, and everyone else who had donated.

The Arrhythmia Alliance, along with LGS member Stewart Bendoris’ royalties from the sale of his book, ‘Champion’, will be contributing to the purchase of the other defibrillators.