THE four Fife golf friends who unwittingly shot to prominence, after one had a heart attack on Charleton golf course, received an unlikely offer from Hollywood recently.
Alan Linton (39) of Ladybank, who collapsed on the sixth hole of the Colinsburgh course back in February, was appearing on BBC One’s ‘Real Rescues’ programme, when former footballer, and star of films such as ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, Vinnie Jones, invited him and his mates over to LA for a round of golf.
Jones recorded Mr Linton a video message which was played on the programme, after hearing how his golfing buddies, Brian Henderson, Bonnybank’s Paul Pinkney and Michael Rennie, saved his life by administering CPR – which they knew from watching the British Heart Foundation’s advert featuring Jones doing chest compressions to the Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ hit song.
Filmed by the pool at his LA home, Jones said: “Listen, mate, I’m glad it all worked out well for you. I’m glad you had your three mates that probably were watching the football round 30 cans of lager and a curry, and saw my advert ‘Stayin’ Alive – Hard and Fast’.
“I think it’s a great thing they did for you, mate, and well done – you haven’t only survived this you’ve also made a lot more aware.
“I did my part but I think you have done a big part for the British Heart Foundation as well.
“I know circumstances weren’t the same as mine but that’s what happens when probably (you get) your first bogey you’ve ever had in your life at golf. I hear you normally go round in 112/116? I’d hate to see what happens when you get a par at least.
“Anyway, you’re more than welcome any time you come out, you and the boys. I’d love to give you a game of golf out here.
“Try and get your handicap down, because I’ll be waiting for you with a few quid next. All the best, mate. It’s been emotional.”
Asked by presenter Chris Hollins if they fancied giving Jones a game, Paul and his friends each said they’d definitely be up for it.