Legends set to tee off fourth McLaren golf fund-raiser

Tony Stanger - Bill McLaren golf day
Tony Stanger - Bill McLaren golf day
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A WHOLE host of former rugby stars will be swapping their studs for spikes as they take to the Vertish Hill next Friday for the annual Bill McLaren Celeb Am.

The sold out event will feature legends including Tony Stanger, Chris Paterson, Jim Renwick, David Johnston, Euan Kennedy, John Frame, Arthur Brown, John Rutherford, Bryan Gossman, Colin Telfer, Derrick Patterson, Jim Hay, Michael Dods, Scott Nichol, Andy Irvine, Alan Lawson and Adam Roxburgh.

Linda Lawson, a director of the Bill McLaren Foundation, which is running the day for the fourth successive year, said: “The Foundation’s golf day on the Vertish always has special significance and this year is no different with a large turnout of internationalists and supporters of our charity.

“This would have been dad’s 90th year and we are delighted to have attracted over 20 top names in the sport.

“It promises to be a great day out and I’m sure everyone will thoroughly enjoy themselves and hopefully some local people will come and join in and support the event and the golf club.”

The event’s first two years were characterised by horrendous wind and rain, but one of the Foundation’s sponsors, Johnstons of Elgin’s, overcame the elements and with the help rugby legend Gregor Townsend were victorious. Last year saw blue skies and brilliant sunshine and the Hawick Golf Team triumphed.

Over the past three years the golfing day has raised over £15,000 for the Foundation, which was established in March 2010 following the death of the ‘Voice of Rugby’, with the aims of developing and promoting rugby and its values; encouraging and providing sporting opportunities for young people; and creating an education centre which will include the Bill McLaren archive.

Two of the projects that the Foundation support include Bhubesi Pride, which has received £15,000 to date and Positive Coaching Scotland which has been supported to the tune of £75,000.

Twenty-four teams of four will be participating in next week’s event, which starts at 10.30am.