During the summer of 2014 St Andrews Legacy hosted five groups of wounded veterans, two from Canada and one each from the USA, the UK and Australia. There were some real highlights in 2014.
In June we hosted Jim Martinson, a multi gold medal winning paralympian, Aaron Boyle and helicopter pilot Steven Elliot, all from American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma. If our objective is to get the wounded veterans to a better place, this has to be evidence of success.
In July we hosted our first group of Australian veterans. The timing could not have been better as Sandy Dawson was captain of the R&A, only the second Australian to hold that honour. Thanks to Jim McArthur, the veterans from “down under” met the Captain and his wife, Jane, at 3pm on the Sunday afternoon of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Mr Dawson brought along the Claret Jug for all the guys to hold - a few hours before Rory McIlroy got his chance to do the same!
In August we marked a huge day in Commonwealth history. On 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. Troops were told they would be home by Christmas but the conflict would grind on for another four years. Remembering the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, St Andrews Legacy participants visited the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse to view the Roll of Honour inside the building. On 5 August 2014 four veterans from Canada and four Grenadier Guards played the Old Course, the climax to a week's golf in Fife and Kintyre. That evening one of the Grenadier Guards, Scott Blaney, was honoured for his efforts to raise awareness of wounded veterans at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
St Andrews Legacy is thrilled to have hosted what can only be described as a stunning schedule of events in 2014.
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