Machrihanish was delighted to recently host and entertain a group of wounded war veterans at their links golf course over two days on the 25 th and 26 th May.
Local members played two matches against their visitors from America, Canada, Australia and the UK with the games organised by St Andrew's based and Machrihanish member, Graham Procter. Through his Scottish charitable organisation, The St Andrews Legacy, which seeks to improve the lives of wounded war veterans, as part of their rehabilitation programmes, members are encouraged to actively engage themselves in sporting activities and aid their recuperation.
The St Andrew's Legacy helps to bring US, Canadian, Australian and British military personnel who use golf as part of their rehabilitation process to the Home of Golf at St Andrew's and to other participating golf clubs in Scotland, including Crail, Machrihanish and Royal Aberdeen.
The inaugural veterans' tour took place in 2013 and in 2014 visited Machrihanish for the first time. The golf club is delighted to be able to assist the St Andrew's Legacy members who have been facing the challenges of life and help in their rehabilitation programme through golf.
Vietnam veteran Jim Martinson was part of the visiting group at Machrihanish and a brief story is as follows:
In 1968 while serving in Vietnam, Jim sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of both legs. His enterprising spirit and love of sports led him to become a crusader for the physically disabled.
Jim has participated in many competitions including the Boston Marathon and Paralympic Games. A three-sport Paralympian, he won a gold as part of the amputee Paralympic basketball team, as well as four gold medals and one silver for racing. Jim also won multiple medals for skiing, including a gold medal in the men's mono ski downhill division in the 1992 Games. His competitions include the U.S. and Canadian Nationals where he won multiple gold and silver medals for skiing. The list goes onů.
For further information please click on the following link www.standrewslegacy.com
25 June 2015