The R&A along with The PGA and other national golfing bodies have joined with the Royal British Legion to urge golf clubs to remember fallen sportspeople from the Somme.
A special edition Somme 100 golf pin flag will be flown on the 16th hole of golf courses across the country to commemorate the service and sacrifice of professional and amateur golfers in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
The European Tour, Ladies’ European Tour, Scottish Golf, The Home Unions of Scotland, England and Wales and The Golf Club Secretaries’ and Managers’ Association have joined the R&A and PGA in encouraging clubs to remember the role played by golfers and members of each club’s local community on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
The initiative, which is part of The Royal British Legion Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016, officially launched at Carnoustie on the eve of the Senior Open Championship with the backing of the above golf bodies.
The launch also had the support of golfers Sam Torrance OBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Colin Montgomerie OBE, Sir Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley and Jean van de Velde – who almost upset the odds at the Open Championship in Carnoustie in 1999.
Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA of GB&I, said, “The golf courses and clubs throughout our country provide a vital network of sports and social centers for millions of people at a local level. The Club Professional plays a key role within our sport and the Association today acknowledges the Members who laid down their lives alongside the golfers and sportsmen from their shared communities. We hope that every club will join in the ‘Fly The Flag’ campaign and that all golfers will take a moment on the 16th Hole to remember the tragic events of 100 years ago.”
Shona Malcolm, Secretary of the PGA in Scotland, said: “The First World War impacted on almost every community in the country, not just with the loss of a generation of the men, but also in the trials and challenges facing the widows and children who were left behind. Golf remains a real community activity in this country, and it is fitting that the sport engages with the activities of remembrance 100 years on from the Somme.”
West Bradford Golf Club are proud to support the memory of all those brave men who gave their lives at the Battle of the Somme. ... See MoreSee Less