DOZENS of golfers are preparing to tee off in aid of cancer support charity Maggie’s Aberdeen as its annual golf day swings back into action – complete with a special appearance by renowned coach and commentator Claude Harmon III.
After being washed out by heavy rain and flooding last year, the event is returning next month, with 19 teams already signed up to take part in the event at Deeside Golf Club in Bieldside on Thursday, September 30.
A round on the stunning course will be followed by a special Q and A session with Harmon, who will regale the audience with tales from his career, as well as provide his views on the 2021 Ryder Cup, which takes place just days before the Maggie’s Golf Day.
Harmon ranks among the best golf coaches in the world and is one of the game’s top commentators, regularly featuring on Sky Sports and the Golf Channel. His podcast Off Course with Claude Harmon, which launched in June, is currently ranked in the top 150 of global sports podcasts by Chartable, and is second in the Apple Podcasts chart for golf shows in the UK.
Harmon, who will join the event virtually, said: “I’m delighted to offer my support to an incredibly worthwhile charity, which I know from my friends in Aberdeen provides a fantastic service to people affected by cancer, as well as their loved ones.
“I am really looking forward to the event, and the only disappointment is that I won’t be able to be there in person. Nevertheless, Scottish golf fans are incredibly knowledgeable, and I can’t wait to share some stories and possibly even advice, with them.”
Claire Picken, Centre Fundraising Organiser at Maggie’s Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such a well-known golfing personality, and I am looking forward to hearing some of Claude’s insights from his time coaching the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.
“Maggie’s Aberdeen has been hugely impacted by the pandemic. Last year all our major fundraising events had to be cancelled, and the golf day is an opportunity to raise vital funds for the centre so that we can continue to support people impacted by a cancer diagnosis.”
With only five slots available, time is running out for teams of four to secure their tee time. The event begins at 10.30am, and will be followed by a meal and Q and A, led by Ian Thain. The day will conclude with an auction, which features prizes including a signed glove by long-time Maggie’s supporter Colin Montgomerie, a four-ball at Gleneagles and signed Scotland rugby shirt.