Winning Scotland Foundation recognise Scots pro for career and foundation
FORMER Open champion Paul Lawrie received his OBE from the Queen earlier this year, and has added another prestigious award to his collection after he was given the Winning Scotland Foundation 2012 award.
The Aberdeenshire pro has experienced an upturn in his playing fortunes in recent years and was given the honour to highlight both the successes of his professional career and his commitment to raising the aspirations of young people in Scotland through the Paul Lawrie Foundation.
“Naturally, I’m delighted to accept this award in recognition of both my personal achievement within the game, but more so for the work of my foundation,” he said. “I get huge enjoyment witnessing children benefit from the programmes and activities we provide and thank the many people, particularly my wife Marian, for their efforts in bringing it to fruition.”
Lawrie formed his foundation in March 2001, with the aim of supporting and sustaining an interest and enthusiasm for the game of golf amongst under-18s. Although it now also includes football and hockey, golf coaching plays a major part in the efforts of the Paul Lawrie Foundation as they try and get as many juniors playing golf to the best of their abilities. The foundation works to make sure all of the activities it offers are delivered in a fun and relaxed environment so the children can enjoy their golf and learn at the same time.
His on-course successes are clear for all to see, with highlights of his 26-year professional career including winning the 1999 Open Championship and being part of the memorable Ryder Cup victory at Medinah Country Club in September last year.
Sir Bill Gammell, founder of the Winning Scotland Foundation, said Lawrie was thoroughly deserving of the award and was the perfect embodiment of the aims of the Winning Scotland Foundation.
He said: “Paul’s achievements embody the vision of Winning Scotland Foundation, which is success through sustained effort.
“His successes in the field of golf and his dedication to improving the lives of young people through sport makes him an excellent role model for children in Scotland, and a worthy winner of the award.”