Coltart to tee off opening

Dave Wilson, Hawick Golf Club, and pro golfer Andrew Coltart
Dave Wilson, Hawick Golf Club, and pro golfer Andrew Coltart
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FORMER Ryder Cup star Andrew Coltart is to be made an honorary member of Hawick Golf Club.

And the 41-year-old, pictured, will open the newly refurbished clubrooms at a special open day next Sunday.

Work has been ongoing for several weeks now to improve the clubrooms, with members carrying out the work – with everything from plumbing, plastering, joinery, flooring and electrical requirements all completed free of charge.

Club captain Roddy McIntyre said: “We want to let the people of the town know that it’s not all doom and gloom at the club. On the contrary, it’s the complete opposite especially when we’ve got such a hard-working committee and members who have been willing to give up their time for nothing to help transform the clubrooms.”

Coltart will also be giving a coaching session to youngsters from the club’s hugely successful Academy, of which he is a patron.

He will be joined by PGA coach Gary Nicol and Keith Morgan, a Hawick member who is a former assistant professional at London Golf Club. Nicol will also receive an honorary membership.

Mr McIntyre added: “In the Borders the age of golfers tends to be rising and there’s a distinct lack of juniors coming through, but with the help of Graeme Tinlin and Dave Wilson at our Academy, we’re looking to buck that trend and so far it’s working well.”

There will also be an exhibition match over six holes, with nine lucky juniors to be selected to play alongside the three golfing greats.

The day gets under way next Sunday from noon.