Lawrie on par at Newburgh

The former Open champion with a cheque for �500 which has been raised for the Paul Lawrie Golf Foundation.
The former Open champion with a cheque for �500 which has been raised for the Paul Lawrie Golf Foundation.

Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club enjoyed a highly successful night of golf on Friday when the go-ahead club joined forces with Open winner Paul Lawrie to raise funds.

Members had paid to play a hole with Lawrie, the 1999 champion at Carnoustie, who was accompanied by McDonald professional Sandy Aird Jnr and reigning club champion Ross McKen.

Club secretary Shona Reid said: “It was a highly successful night for the club, made all the better by the fact that we had a proven high class winner helping us raise funds.

“Paul Lawrie was a great hit with the big crowd who turned out for the event. They made a formidable trio.”

Mrs Reid said both the club funds had been boosted by the night and the Paul Lawrie Foundation had also benefited from the event.

Lawrie has won the respect and admiration of the golfing fraternity for his unstinting commitment to junior golf in Scotland, and was delighted to support the club to raise funds, while getting a boost for his own enterprise.

Lawrie, who opened the clubhouse 13 years ago, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the night, but then I have always been happy to come here. They are a very progressive club. I wish them well in this their 125th year of playing the game.”