Inaugural Disabled Open at St Andrews

H.M. Bateman's classic card 'The Man Who Missed the Ball on the First Tee at St Andrews.'
H.M. Bateman's classic card 'The Man Who Missed the Ball on the First Tee at St Andrews.'

AN iconic golfing image will be used to help bring the inaugural Disabled Open to St Andrews four years from now.

For the first time, reproduction rights of the world famous H.M. Bateman golfing cartoon, ‘The Man Who Missed the Ball on the First Tee at St Andrews.’ has been secured by Fife firm The Man Who.

The image of a hapless hacker demonstrating a classic ‘air shot’ on the first tee of the Old Course will be used on high quality greetings and Christmas cards, which will be widely available.

A percentage of all sales will be directed towards funding the first ever Open Championship for disabled golfers to be held at the Home of Golf.

The event is being planned for the summer of 2015 and is expected to attract participants from across the world.

It’s the first card issued by quality card and gift company, The Man Who, and founder Drew McKenzie told the Citizen he was ‘‘thrilled’’ to secure such a well-known image.

He added: ‘I’m delighted to launch my company with this H.M. Bateman classic, which I’m sure will appeal to the golfing world globally.

‘‘However, the important aspect of this whole venture is to give a little back to the sport that has given me so much over the years.

“As I have an absolute passion for golf, nothing would give me greater pleasure than seeing the world’s first Disabled Open at St Andrews - especially as my brother, Rob, is himself disabled.’’

It is hoped that Rob McKenzie will be able to provide administrative support to The Man Who which has been established with the blessing of the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership.

Chairman Jim Gales said: ’I wholeheartedly welcome Drew’s venture, which I’m sure will have worldwide appeal.

‘‘Clearly, I’m particularly delighted that Drew shares my vision for the Disabled Open and is supporting us so generously.

“Not only will this raise vital funds, but will go a long way to raising the profile of the event.’’

‘‘I’m thrilled to be associated with it’.

Initially, the classic cards will be available on line – – and also at golf events and shows.

It is hoped that cards will soon be available to buy through golf clubs and bespoke retail outlets throughout the UK.

Drew concluded: ‘It would be fantastic to be able to hold the very first Disabled Open at St Andrews in 2015 and I hope that the world of golf supports this dream through this venture.’’