McDonald tournament promises to benefit war heroes

ORGANISERS of a charity tournament at McDonald Golf Club have pledged that the event will benefit wounded soldiers returning from warzones, and that it promises to be a great day for all the family.

Jim Gabriel and Ron Cunningham organised the Help for Heroes Texas Open Scramble Golf Tournament for July 10 at McDonald Golf Club, in what promises to be a fun day out for the whole family. Proceeds from the day will be donated to ‘Help for Heroes’, a charity helping to support badly wounded and disabled service personnel returning from conflict zones abroad.

Jim and Ron conceived the idea after Ron’s sister, who is a serving soldier, raised their awareness of the charity.

Jim told the Times: “We - Ron and myself - approached the club to see if it would be possible to organise a tournament, and the club council were extremely positive about the idea.

“It’ll be a fun golf tournament, open to all ages and abilities - juniors, ladies and men. The objective is for participants to enjoy themselves!”

“Every day in the news, we hear sad stories about service men and women killed in places like Afghanistan, but what we don’t hear is the fact that for every one soldier killed, there are ten others repatriated with serious injuries,” he said. “We have been very impressed with the ethos of Help for Heroes - that they support those who need it most, and we hope that McDonald Golf Club can play a small part in raising some funds.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the tournament should contact Sandy Aird at the club’s pro-shop on 01358 722891 to book a place. Teams are of four and entry costs £44 per team, open to all ages, sexes and abilities.